High school

High school
2015 -16
High School
Student Handbook
School Guidelines | District Guidelines | Rights & Responsibilities
Graduation Requirements
Students must complete 22.5 credits to receive a high school diploma.
1. Language Arts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 credits
We are in the process of realigning the Social Studies and Language Arts curriculum to Common Core Standards. Please see the chart at the bottom of this
page for details. 12. Social Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 credits
World History, U.S. History, one semester of Alaska Studies, one semester of Economics, one semester of United States Government, one semester of a
Social Studies elective. Students may waive the .5 credit social studies requirement by completion of Level III of a world language (Latin, French, German,
Japanese, Russian, or Spanish); immersion students may waive the .5 social studies requirement by completion of Japanese for Fluent Speaker II or
Pacesetter Spanish. For Common Core State Standards realignment see chart on bottom of the page.
13. Mathematics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 credits
S. ix semesters of Mathematics electives. In order to satisfy the algebra requirements, students must complete one of the following options: Algebra I, semester
1 and 2; or Algebra A, semester 2 AND Algebra B, semester 1 and 2; or Algebra Survey, semester 1 and 2; or Credit-by-Choice Challenge by Examination.
Students graduating prior to July 1, 2017 will be required to earn 2.5 credits of Mathematics.
14. Sciences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 credits
Three years (six semesters) of science credit are required. Two semesters must be life science. Two semesters must be physical science.
15. Physical Education/Health Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.5 credits
Three semesters of physical education graduation requirements can be fulfilled by passing the required Lifetime Personal Fitness course plus .5
credit from the lifetime activity courses (noted as such in course listings) plus .5 additional credit from any physical education class. A) Students
may obtain a waiver of .25 of the physical education graduation requirement for each full season of ASAA­-sanctioned sports participation within the Anchorage School District. Elective credit must be earned to replace the Physical Education/Health Education requirement that is waived. A waiver of
the physical education requirement under this section does not affect the overall minimum requirements of 22.5 credits.
A) Lifetime Personal Fitness can be waived by:
1. successful completion of a fitness and written test administered by Health and Physical Education
Department; or
2. participation in two seasons of ASAA­-sanctioned extracurricular sports within the Anchorage School District and successful completion of the computerized knowledge test administered by the designated high school building personnel.
B) Students may also waive physical education requirements (except Lifetime Personal Fitness) through Credit ­By ­Choice, correspondence, college coursework, or field study programs.
C) A maximum of 1.0 waiver of the physical education requirement is available upon successful completion of 2 years (four semesters) of JROTC.
D) Healthy Life Skills and First Aid are not repeatable upon receiving a passing grade in a previous semester.
16. Electives. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 credits
Fifteen semester courses have not been specified so as to provide students an opportunity to pursue individual educational goals. Electives
may include additional courses in Language Arts, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, Technology, Fine Arts, World Languages, Physical
Education and Career Technology.
Total1122.5 credits
a. A student may be considered for graduation when he or she has acquired a minimum of 22.5 credits after grade 8 in required and elective subjects.
b. Seniors entering the ASD for the first time may graduate by meeting requirements of their previous school when the ASD requirements create hardship. Timeline for high school Language Arts/Social Studies realignment for Common Core State Standards
2012-13
2013-14
2014-15
2015-16
2016-17
Language Arts
9
10
11
English 9*
English 10*
English 11 or AP
English I*
English 10*
English 11 or AP
12
English Elect or AP
English Elect or AP
English I*
English II*
English 11 or AP
English Elect or AP or English IV
English I*
English II*
English III or AP
English Elect or AP or English IV
English I*
English II*
English III or AP
AK Studies* & Ancient
Civ* or Global Geography*
or Consumer Econ or
Economics
World History* or AP World History
US History* or AP US History
Government & Elective
AK Studies* & Ancient
Civ* or Global Geography*
or Consumer Econ or
Economics
World History* or AP World History
US History* or AP US History
Government & Elective
English IV or AP
Social Studies
9
World History*
AK Studies* & Ancient
Civ* or Global Geography*
or Consumer Econ or
Economics
10
US History*
US History*
11
AK Studies & Economics
12
Government & Elective
AK Studies & Economics or
Elective
Government & Elective
AK Studies* & Ancient
Civ* or Global Geography*
or Consumer Econ or
Economics
World History* or AP World History
AK Studies & Economics or
Elective
Government & Elective
* Indicates Regular and Honors
Table of Contents
2015–16 School Year Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Back cover
High School Graduation Requirements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inside front cover
Activity Dates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inside back cover
II. Anchorage School District High School Guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . II-2
Academics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . II-2
Alternative Schools/Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . II-3
Student Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . II-6
General Attendance Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . II-7
Grievance Process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . II-10
Harassment Policy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . II-10
Title IX. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . II-11
School Bus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . II-11
Extracurricular Activities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . II-12
Student Travel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . II-17
Student Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . II-17
Parent Involvement. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . II-19
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . II-20
III. Statement of Student Rights & Responsibilities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . III-1
Due Process. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . III-1
Student Behavior/Prohibited Conduct. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . III-1
Search and Seizure. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . III-5
Types of Sanctions/Disciplinary Actions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . III-6
Hearing and Appeal Procedures. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . III-7
Freedom of and Responsibilities Relating to Speech and Assembly. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . III-9
Student Surveys. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . III-9
Appendix A-1 – Students with Identified Disabilities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . III-10
Student Handbooks Published August 1991
Revised 7/93, 7/94, 6/95, 6/96, 6/97, 7/98, 6/99, 6/00, 6/01, 6/02, 6/03, 6/04, 6/05, 6/06, 6/07, 6/08, 5/09, 6/10, 6/11, 6/12, 6/13, 6/14
Student Rights & Responsibilities Copyright © 1997
Revised 7/98, 7/99, 6/00, 6/01, 6/02, 6/05, 6/07, 6/10, 8/11, 6/13, 6/15
Anchorage School District Education Center
5530 E. Northern Lights Blvd., Anchorage, Alaska 99504-3135
(907) 742-4000
www.asdk12.org
Section II
Anchorage School District Guidelines
ACADEMICS
Academic Progress Reports
The main function of these reports is to inform the student and the
parent/guard­ian of the progress the individual student made in class.
It is expected that accurate and objective reporting to the student and
parent/guardian will encourage the student to make use of his/her educational opportunities to the best of his/her abilities.
Interim progress reports (pink slips) may be given by the teacher at any
time to inform the student and parent/guardian of the student’s progress in a given subject area at that point in time. They are usually issued
at the mid-point of a nine-week period. The reasons for an outstanding,
satisfactory, unsatisfactory, or failing rating are marked. These notices
act as a general guide to both parent/guardian and student so the student may improve his/her study and performance habits.
Grading Procedures
Reporting periods are nine weeks in length although courses are taken
by semester. In high school, the first report or grade is a notice of a
student’s progress up to the middle of the semester. The final semester
grade is based on the total amount of contribution a student has made
to the course during the entire semester. In high school, if a student
fails one semester of a full-year course and successfully completes the
other semester of the same course, credit is granted for the semester
successfully completed.
Grading System
“A’’
This mark indicates the student has done work in quality and
quantity far in excess of the standards set forth for a satisfactory grade
in the course.
“B’’
This mark indicates that the student is doing work in quality
and quantity above the standards set forth for a passing grade in the
course.
“C’’
This mark is a satisfactory passing grade. It indicates that
the student is acquiring the necessary information to proceed in the
subject. He/she is meeting the standards set for a passing grade in the
course.
“D’’
This mark indicates that the student is not effectively mastering the work assigned but has sufficient understanding of the subject
to justify the opinion that more growth will result from advancement
than from repetition of the course.
“F’’
Insufficient progress in the subject to merit granting of credit
in the course.
“WF’’ or “WP” Student has been withdrawn from the course “failing’’
or “passing’’.
“I’’
Represents an incomplete grade on required course work due
to an acceptable reason which is administratively determined. Student
will be given­a reasonable period of time to remove the incomplete.
“J’’
Audit—Indicates a student is auditing a course for his/her
benefit. This does not count towards credit for graduation and must be
approved prior to the tenth (10th) day of the course.
Part-time Students
Part-time students may enroll in course(s) on a space-available basis
and in the same time frame as full-time students. Part-time students
II-2
wanting to attend a specific class in an alternative school/program,
must participate in the school/program entrance process on the same
basis as full-time students. This may include taking part in a lottery
and being placed on a waiting list before being approved to be enrolled
in the class(es).
Make-Up Procedures for Absences
Students provided an opportunity to make up work for absences will be
granted one day of make-up privilege for each day of absence. When a
family knows in advance that their student will be absent from school
for five (5) or more days, a make-up request can be made through the
school office. The actual work assigned for grading is at the discretion
of the teacher.
Course Withdrawal Procedures
Once students have selected courses, there will be no schedule changes,
including withdrawals, after the beginning of the grading period except
as determined by the principal or designee.
Any student who is absent for the first three (3) days of a course may be
withdrawn from that course. If this occurs, the student must reschedule.
No records shall be kept on a student withdrawing from a course with
the principal or designee’s permission prior to the end of the tenth
(10th) day of the course. If a student withdraws from a course with
the principal or designee’s permission after ten (10) days of the course,
he/she will have WF (withdraw failing) or WP (withdraw passing)
recorded on his/her transcript. WF’s are included in the calculations of
the student grade point average.
Honors Group
To give recognition for high scholastic achievement, the Anchorage
School District Board of Education has established standards for the
selection of members of an Honors Group. A student who has a cumulative GPA of 3.5 by the semester prior to graduation will be eligible for
membership in the Honors Group.
Honors graduates will be given recognition at graduation and on their
transcript in the following manner:
1. Students with a GPA of 3.50 to less than 3.76 will be designated as
having graduated Cum Laude;
2. Students with a GPA of 3.76 to 4.0 will be designed as having graduated Magna Cum Laude;
3. Students with a GPA of greater than 4.0 will be designated as having
graduated Summa Cum Laude.
Honor Roll
High school students earning a 3.5 grade average will be eligible for
the honor roll. Any “F’’ or “D’’ grade will disqualify a student for that
grading period. A high school student must be enrolled in a minimum
of four (4) subjects, and grades in all courses will be considered.
Honor Society
All students who meet national and chapter membership standards
shall be given consideration for membership. The society sponsor in
each school will have the answers to any questions students may have.
SECTION II: District High School Guidelines
Anchorage School District Academic Letter
To earn an ASD academic letter, any student who has fulfilled the
criteria for Honor Roll in two consecutive semesters will be awarded
an Academic Letter. These semesters need not fall in order of fall and
spring semester, but may be considered consecu­tive if the GPA is earned
in the spring semester and the following fall semester. Any semester
the student meets the Honor Roll cri­teria subsequent to the awarding
of the Academic Letter and earns a 3.5 to 4.0, a silver star is awarded.
Any semester the student meets the Honor Roll criteria subsequent to
the awarding of the Academic Letter and earns a 4.0 or higher, a gold
star is awarded.
Internet and Email
We are pleased to offer students in the Anchorage School District access
to the district computer network for electronic mail and Internet access.
To obtain an electronic mail account and Internet access, all students
must obtain parental permission and must sign and return to the school
office an Internet Users Agreement.
Access: Email and the Internet will enable students to explore thousands
of libraries, databases, and bulletin boards while exchanging messages
with Internet users throughout the world. While the district’s intent
is to make Internet access available to further educational goals and
objectives, students may find ways to access other materials as well.
Families should be aware that some material accessible via the Internet
may contain items that are illegal, defamatory, inaccurate or potentially offensive. We believe that the benefits to student from access to
the Internet, in the form of information resources and opportunities
for collaboration, exceed any disadvantages. Ultimately, parents and
guardians of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the
standards that their children should follow when using media and
information sources. To that end, the Anchorage School District will
support and respect each family’s right to decide whether or not to
apply for access.
Expectations for Internet and email use: Students are responsible for
good behavior on school computer networks just as they are in a classroom or a school hallway. Communications on the network are often
public in nature. General school rules for behavior and communications apply. The network is provided for students to conduct research
and communicate with others. Access to network services is given to
students who agree to act in a considerate and responsible manner.
Parent permission is required and students who do not have such permission are responsible for not accessing the Internet at school. Access
is a privilege, not a right, and entails responsibility.
Individual users of district computer networks are responsible for their
behavior and communications over those networks. It is expected that
users will comply with district standards and will honor the agreements
they have signed.
Network storage areas may be treated like school lockers. Network
administrators may review files and communications to maintain
system integrity and insure that users are using the system responsibly.
Users should not expect that files stored on district servers will always
be private.
ALTERNATIVE SCHOOLS/PROGRAMS
The district has a number of special purpose programs for students
with distinct interests and needs. Individualization is emphasized
in the following programs. Students earn credits and meet district
requirements in a variety of ways, and these programs are characterized
by curricular innovation, along with basic skills development. A brief
description of each is included here. If you have any questions, check
with your counselor.
ASD iSchool
ASD iSchool is the Anchorage School District’s online program. ASD
iSchool provides high school students with opportunities to earn credit
online. Through ASD iSchool’s online classes, students have access to
courses that may not be available at their school, that allow students to
overcome scheduling challenges, and that meet student needs. Online
courses may be taken as original course attempt, to replace a grade, or
for academic advancement.
AVAIL
The Anchorage Vocational Academic Institute of Learning is an alternative high school program developed for students who have dropped
out of traditional schools. The school’s purpose is well matched with
the definition of the word “avail,” which means “to be of use or help.”
AVAIL is designed to help students return to the educational system
and obtain skills for employment with an emphasis on earning a high
school diploma. (742-4930)
Bartlett High, Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC)
Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) provides a spectrum of core content academic classes at Bartlett High School for Alaska Native and
American Indian students. CITC teachers emphasize high expectations
for academic excellence while providing students with an encouraging
environment in which youth can fulfill their potential through education. CITC promotes the development of self-confidence, creativity,
leadership, and traditional values by integrating hands-on, culturally
responsive content and innovative practices into their academic classes
and after-school activities.
Bartlett Medical Academy
The Medical Academy at Bartlett will prepare students to enter the
work force or college with preparation in various facets of the medical
field. Classes in Anatomy, Physiology, Forensics, Medical Terminology,
Health Occupations, and Sports Injury Management will be available
to students through the academy. Students do internships and shadow
professionals at the Veterans Hospital next to the Bartlett campus for
real life experience.
Bartlett, Integrated Honors High School (IHHS)
The Integrated Honors Program is a college-preparatory program
designed to emphasize academic writing and analysis of classic literature. Beginning in 9th grade, students will take their Honors
Language Arts course and Honors History course with a designated
“Honor Team” comprised of one Honors Language Arts teacher and
one Honors/AP History teacher for each grade level. Experience with
the Seminar Method will begin in 9th grade and continue through
the program. Students will be introduced the Honors Team in 9th
grade and continue with the honors teams through graduation. “Cross
connections are so important to the student’s learning experience, and
these connections can be found throughout the curriculum.” In an
effort to enhance student learning, the study of literature and history
in all honors designated courses will be integrated and team-taught.
Benny Benson
The SAVE II Program provides specialized high school programs for
students who are in 11th and 12th grade and are behind in credit or
have already dropped out of high school. Students must have a referral
from a counselor or administrator. Final recommendation for acceptance into these programs is determined after a student and parent
interview is conducted. These programs combine teacher-directed
instruction, class assignments, and individualized contracts for the
students’ academic development. Students are evaluated on a monthly
system where a minimum of academic progress is expected. Students
are required to hold a part time job for a minimum of 20 hours per
week and/or attend a class at King Career Center to fulfill their
Student/Parent Handbook
HandbookII-3
II-3
vocational expectation. Work experience and vocational training are
counted as elective credit and serve as half of the student’s educational
day. Students in these programs must meet the same requirements for
state and district standards as the students attending traditional high
schools in the Anchorage School district.
Benny Benson is located at 4515 Campbell Airstrip Road.
Charter Schools
Charter school students, with principal approval, may take courses at
comprehensive high schools or King Career Center.
Chugiak High School Spanish Immersion Program
The district’s K-12 Japanese, Russian and Spanish language immersion
programs have designated feeder middle and high schools to ensure that
students continue their immersion experience in a seamless, articulated
sequence of higher level courses. Chugiak High School is the continuation of the Spanish immersion program from Chugiak Elementary and
Mirror Lake Middle schools. In the high school program there are fouryear upper level courses designed to increase students’ language skills
while learning through content. Spanish courses include Vistas Juveniles
del Mundo Hispano, Perspectivas Literarias, Estudios Latinoamericanos,
and Advanced Placement (both language and literature.) High school
immersion courses are designed to be rigorous and challenging for students while preparing them for upper division university coursework.
Chugiak, World Discovery Seminar Program (WDS)
The World Discovery Seminar Program is an alternative, smaller learning community and official ASD school-within-a-school that serves
students at Chugiak High School. Rather than relying on textbooks,
the program employs the Paideia methodology, a Socratic–based learning technique focusing on in-depth understanding of primary texts.
With the teacher facilitating the discovery learning process, students
explore, through writing and discussion, real life questions about literary and historical texts. In the Paideia seminar process, verbal and
written discussion of the texts is emphasized over answering “end of
chapter” questions.
Emphasis is placed on deeper learning, rather than general content.
The basic concept is to assist young people to become avid, selfmotivated learners. Interesting projects and hands-on activities are also
fundamental to the class work. Self-expression is highlighted through
the many varied activities comprising the World Discovery Seminar
approach. Class dialogue allows the sharing of various opinions and
experiences, which encourages students to draw their own conclusions.
This helps all students develop a greater, more profound understanding
of literature, history, science, mathematics and philosophy.
Crossroads
Crossroads is the Anchorage School District’s school for pregnant
and parenting teens. Crossroads provides a supportive instructional
environment which allows students to continue their education while
pregnant and/or parenting. A complete program of instruction is
provided with an emphasis on core academics. The program utilizes
online instruction in conjunction with traditional coursework to meet
the academic needs of students. Specialized curriculum related to being
a pregnant and/or parenting teen is offered and community support
contacts are available for students. The staff at Crossroads is committed
to providing quality instruction in an environment that fosters regular
school attendance and student responsibility for learning.
Dimond High School Japanese Immersion Program
The district’s K-12 Japanese, Russian and Spanish language immersion
programs have designated feeder middle and high schools to ensure that
students continue their immersion experience in a seamless, articulated
sequence of higher level courses. Dimond High School is the continuation of the Japanese immersion program from Sand Lake Elementary
and Mears Middle schools. The Japanese for Fluent Speakers course
sequence includes an “Honors” course in which students are partnered
II-4
with members of the local Japanese community in an “adopt-a-student”
program. Advanced Placement Japanese Language and Culture will
be offered, beginning 2012-13. High school immersion courses are
designed to be rigorous and challenging for students while preparing
them for upper division university coursework.
Dimond High School Engineering Academy
The DHS Engineering Academy is designed to prepare students for a
two-year or a four-year engineering degree program. Five engineering
courses follow the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum that may
qualify for articulated agreements with universities in Alaska and across
the U. S. Engineering Academy courses are project-based. Students are
connected with engineering professors at UAA and with engineers in
businesses that serve on the Engineering Academy Advisory Council.
Students may enter the Engineering Academy as freshmen and continue the four-year sequence or they may take individual courses when
space is available.
East High, Elitnaurvik (EWE)
Elitnaurvik-Within-East is designed specifically for Alaska Native
and American Indian students. Elitnaurvik in Yupik means “a place
to learn.”
EWE incorporates Native values and issues, and successfully addresses
different learning styles in its activities, course offerings, and work
components. EWE enjoys widespread support in the community. The
primary emphasis is on building leadership through group participation, volunteerism, and empowering students to embrace their cultural
heritage. Elitnaurvik provides culturally-based education, counseling,
tutoring, and after-school activities.
East High, School-Within-A-School (SWS)
School within a school is a cohesive learning community within East
Anchorage High School which provides a unique, enhanced learning
experience for self-directed students with an emphasis on independent
thinking, integrated learning, and community development. SWS
accomplishes this through a partnership of skilled, innovative teachers and staff, a small cohesive student population, and parental support. SWS offers a wide range of core and elective classes, including
advanced placement and self-directed study classes. Students take world
language, physical education, and vocational and fine arts offerings
from the wide array offered in East High School. SWS students participate in East High activities that include sports, clubs, drama, dance,
music, and student government. SWS program has 200 students, in
addition to the world exchange students and fills through the district
lottery system. Siblings in SWS and students in the East High attendance zone will have preference.
Family Partnership Charter School
Family Partnership Charter is a K-12 home-based, home school program offering Small group classes, vendor services and one-on-one
teacher time. Students often decide on a mixture of home school,
online, local university and area high school classes. (742-3700)
Frontier Charter School
Frontier Charter School is a K-12 home school program featuring a
learning profile to map and individualize instruction through traditional home schooling, online digital platforms, dual enrollment with
neighborhood schools, and/or university classes. (742-1180)
Highland Tech Charter School
Highland Tech High is a 6th-12th grade standards-based learning
environment that promotes mastery learning across the curriculum in
a multi-aged non-time bound system. Attention is placed on individual
student learning needs through project-based units of study that integrates technology as a key instructional tool. Student voice and ownership is encouraged and expected. (742-1700)
SECTION II: District High School Guidelines
King Career Center (KCC)
The Martin Luther King Jr. Career Center offers career, vocational and
technical training in more than 25 occupations for students primarily
in grades 11–12. KCC courses provide academic and elective credit,
and some courses offer concurrent college credit through Tech Prep or
credit toward post-secondary training programs such as apprenticeships
are guided by an Advisory Council made up of experts from industry
and post-secondary education, including apprenticeships and trade
organizations. All courses at KCC are delivered through hands-on
learning with the latest technology and equipment. At KCC students
learn skills that will help them in post-secondary education, in a trade
organization training program or going directly to work. Our students
tell us that they are better prepared for life after high school because of
the skills and knowledge gained through their KCC classes.
Students spend the equivalent of three periods at KCC and earn 1.5
credits for each semester class. Bus transportation is provided from
students’ home schools or they may drive. Students who meet requirements in their second semester may earn credit by doing on-the-job
training with mentors throughout the city. Students may also earn
credit toward graduation for working a part-time job that relates directly to their KCC course. Please note that KCC courses, at this time, do
not meet NCAA Division I or Division II entry guidelines. (742-8900)
McLaughlin
McLaughlin Youth Center provides short-term and long-term residential care for institutionalized delinquent adolescents throughout the
State of Alaska. The Anchorage School District administers a comprehensive educational program for McLaughlin residents. Students
receive instruction in the core academic areas, as well as physical education, technology, and vocational studies.
Newcomers’ Center
The Newcomers’ Center offers students in grades 7–12 who are monolingual speakers of languages other than English an opportunity to
enroll in a two-and-one-half hour block period at Wendler Middle
School. Certificated teachers, with the assistance of a bilingual tutor
and bilingual counselor, provide students with necessary survival skills
in the English language as well as basic concepts in language arts and
social studies.
PAIDEIA
PAIDEIA Cooperative School is a K-12 culture of academic innovation
and adaptation preparing students for their futures. This program
offers a personalized educational plan inclusive of a traditional home
school model with the ability to participate in Anchorage school and
community resources to support a passion-driven education. These
diversified options include partnering with current ASD resources
and programs, seeking out and coordinating business partnerships for
internship opportunities, and working as a collaborative community
to offer intensives, electives, student-driven projects, and civic opportunities for all students while maintaining a team teaching model that
ensures academic standard accountability and a success-driven educational plan.
Polaris K–12 School
Polaris K-12 School is for students, parents and teachers who want an
emphasis on self-directed learning and active civic education. Students
are participants in creating a rigorous curriculum that exposes them to
21st century skills, learning traditional academic standards, developing
civic responsibilities & policies while also meeting their personal educational interests. Learning is relevant to the student and connected to
the local, state, national and global community. (742-8700)
Project Puqigtut
Project Puqigtut is a three-year grant program designed specifically for
Alaska Native and American Indian high school students. Puqigtut in
Cup’ik means “smart people.”
This online success program helps Native students catch-up or get
ahead in credits through culturally responsive online coursework
and social service support. Courses are offered in the subjects of
Mathematics, English, Science, and Social Studies. Courses are taught
by Anchorage School District teachers and there is a face-to-face component.
Students may take a project course in addition to their regular schedule
at their home school, or in some situations in place of a course. The program operates on a rolling admissions basis, except during the summer
term. Equipment can be provided to students if needed.
SAVE
SAVE provides specialized high school programs for students who are
in 11th and 12th grade and are behind in credit or have already dropped
out of high school. Students must have a referral from a counselor or
administrator. Final recommendation for acceptance into these programs is determined after a student and parent interview is conducted.
These programs combine teacher-directed instruction, class assignments, and individualized contracts for the students’ academic development. Students are evaluated on a monthly system where a minimum of
academic progress is expected. Students are required to hold a part time
job for a minimum of 20 hours per week and/or attend a class at King
Career Center to fulfill their vocational expectation. Work experience
and vocational training are counted as elective credit and serve as half
of the student’s educational day. Students in these programs must meet
the same requirements for state and district standards as the students
attending traditional high schools in the Anchorage School District.
SAVE is located at 410 E. 56th Ave. (742-1250)
SEARCH at Benny Benson
The SEARCH program is for eighth, ninth and tenth grade students
who have been unsuccessful at their home school due to poor attendance, poor academics, social issues, or limited behavioral situations.
Students are admitted at the beginning of each quarter and are required
to stay until the end of the semester. In the SEARCH program academic and socialization skills are incorporated into the curriculum. The
academic focus is based on the district grade level expectations. Social
and emotional learning skills are embraced and woven into all aspects
of the program. The social emotional learning aspect of the curriculum
is the process through which students learn to recognize and manage emotions, make good decisions, behave ethically and responsibly,
develop positive relationships and avoid negative behavior. (742-2050)
Service High, Biomedical Career Academy (BCA)
The Biomedical Career Academy at Service aims to prepare students
for a successful career in the healthcare industry. Classes within the
BCA focus heavily on rigorous academics within a traditional curriculum, integrating healthcare and medically based activities within
the classroom and community. Students have the option of preparing
themselves for a position directly after high school within a healthcare
setting and/or to focus on preparation for a traditional college degree.
All students are required to be members of HOSA (Health Occupation
Students of America–a nationally recognized student healthcare organization) and will also be obtaining current first-aid/CPR certification.
Students are also required to take Project Lead The Way Principals
of Biomedical Science and Human Body Systems in the appropriate
progression. Seniors, upon the successful completion of prerequisites,
will take a capstone class which focuses on individual research and
hands-on learning.
The BCA students will be interacting with our business partners in the
community thus will be held to high standards of professional conduct
and communication.
Service High, The Leadership Academy
The Leadership Academy at Service High School is centered around
the Navy JROTC program and focuses on academic excellence, com-
Student/Parent HandbookII-5
munity service and academic/practical leadership training. Each year of
participation in the Leadership Academy counts for one elective credit.
Additionally, for each of the first two years of participation the student
will have one-half credit of Physical Education credit waived. An inhouse mentoring and tutoring program is provided for all Leadership
Academy. The Leadership Academy prides itself on leading technology
integration at Service High, making use of the latest in innovative
classroom technologies.
Service High, The Seminar School (TSS)
The Seminar School serves 250 students and is characterized by the
use of the Socratic seminar method, a strong sense of community and
a learning environment that emphasizes independence, trust, personal
responsibility and an open mind. The TSS curriculum is built on the
consideration of classic texts that span the history and breadth of
human experience. Students of the Seminar School are diverse in character and ability and work together in a multi-grade level setting (9–12)
for a portion of their classes. Students can fulfill all language arts and
social studies requirements along with some science and math requirements through TSS classes.
Steller Secondary School
Steller is a school that provides students with opportunities to be selfdirected, independent and responsible learners. Steller offers a personalized education for grades 7 through 12 where students can define
their own educational goals with the help of parents and staff. Steller
Secondary School fosters an educational environment based on student
responsibility and freedom.
Steller classes focus on educational process and provide opportunities
for the development of leadership skills, problem solving proficiency,
self-assessment abilities, decision-making skills and goal setting.
Self-directed learning is a vital part of the Steller program. Active
involvement within both the Steller community and the community
of Anchorage is also important. Steller follows the ASD guidelines for
educational content and graduation requirements. (742-4950)
West High, Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC)
Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) provides a spectrum of core content
academic classes at West High School for Alaska Native and American
Indian students. CITC teachers emphasize high expectations for
academic excellence while providing students with an encouraging
environment in which youth can fulfill their potential through education. CITC promotes the development of self-confidence, creativity,
leadership, and traditional values by integrating hands-on, culturally
responsive content and innovative practices into their academic classes
and after-school activities.
West High, Highly Gifted Program (HG)
The Highly Gifted Program at West High School is designed for the
9th–12th grade student whose educational needs cannot be met within
the Honors Programs at the high school level. The first two years of the
program offers a smaller learning community through clustered core
classes. The emphasis on critical thinking and writing skills encourages
depth and breadth of knowledge in all content areas.
West High, Pre-IB
The West Pre-IB program prepares 9th and 10th grade students for
the IB Diploma Program not only in terms of academics but also in
terms of students’ attitudes about, and approaches toward, learning and
life. Pre-IB encourages students to develop independence of thought,
creativity, inquiry skills, open-mindedness, and an ability to think
critically and reflectively. To participate, students must be enrolled in at
least 4 of the following 6 courses in 9th and 10th grades: Honors English, Honors History, Biology/Chemistry, Algebra/Geometry or higher,
a second language, and the arts. In addition to taking a Pre-IB schedule
of classes, Pre-IB students will meet periodically as a group for special
activities and learning opportunities that build a community of learners
and contribute toward a climate of international-mindedness at West.
West High, International Baccalaureate (IB)
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program at West Anchorage High School encourages creative inquiry and critical thinking
while helping students develop a global perspective. IB is a challenging
two-year pre-college course of studies in the tradition of the liberal
arts. Diploma candidates must complete studies in six subject areas:
English, a world language, history, science, math, and the arts. Additionally, students undertake an independent research project; participate in creative, physical, and social service activities; and take a
class called Theory of Knowledge. West High is the only IB program
in the Anchorage School District. More than 25 West staff have had
specialized IB training. IB is taught in more than 2200 high schools in
over 140 countries.
West High School Language Immersion Programs
The district’s K-12 Japanese, Russian and Spanish language immersion
programs have designated feeder middle and high schools to ensure
that students continue their immersion experience in a seamless, articulated sequence of higher level courses. West High School is the
continuation of the Spanish two-way immersion program from Government Hill Elementary and Romig Middle schools. The two-way
immersion program is the only one of its kind in Alaska. Students in
this program are both English speakers and native Spanish-speakers
who together become bilingual and biliterate in both Spanish and English. Native Spanish speaking students and heritage Spanish speakers
with literacy skills in Spanish are encouraged to enroll in this Spanish
two-way immersion program. In the high school program there are
four-year upper level courses designed to increase students’ language
skills while learning through content. Spanish courses include Vistas
Juveniles del Mundo Hispano, Perspectivas Literarias, Estudios Latinoamericanos, and Advanced Placement (both language and literature.)
High school immersion courses are designed to be rigorous and challenging for students while preparing them for upper division university
coursework.
West High School is also the continuation of the Russian immersion
program from Turnagain Elementary and Romig Middle schools. Beginning in 2012-13, the 9th grade Russian 9th grade immersion course
is Sovremenaya Molodyoj’ i kul’tura (Contemporary Youth and Culture.)
West High, School Through the Arts
At West High all students can benefit from an arts-based curriculum.
The School Through the Arts is designed to attract a multi-cultural
student body with a variety of learning styles. This academic program
features an enriched course study, binding language arts and world
history with the visual and performing arts. Students also visit artists,
plays and other community events.
STUDENT SERVICES DIRECTORY INFORMATION
Student directory information may be released at the discretion of the
school unless the principal or designee has been notified in writing by
the student or parent/guardian that some or all of this information
II-6
shall not be designated as directory information. Directory information
includes: student name, address, email, year of birth, enrollment, dates
of attendance, grade level, degrees and awards received, date of gradu-
SECTION II: District High School Guidelines
ation, name of secondary school most recently attended, scholarship
eligibility, participation in officially recognized activities and sports,
and height and weight of members of interscholastic athletic teams.
Guidance Counseling
Counselors are available to help students, parents/guardians, and teachers in the area of educational counseling. Their prime responsibility is
to assist students and parents/guard­ians with educational and career
planning—both immediate and future. Coun­selors may also act as
referral agents to community services.
Student Identification Cards
Student I.D. cards will be provided by high schools upon enrollment.
This card should be carried by the student at all times and is to be
shown for identification upon request by any staff member.
It is to be used for withdrawing books from the school library, as an
I.D. for school dances, athletic events, and school activities when so
endorsed. Lending this card to anyone or failure to present it when
requested by authorized personnel is a violation of school regulations
and subjects the holder to disciplinary action. Report loss of I.D. card
immediately to the principal’s office.
Student Records
The school keeps on file records including academic achievement, test
scores, disciplinary problems and other information required by the
district and/or the State of Alaska rules and regulations. These records
are available for inspection by the student and/or parent/guardian upon
re­quest if the student is under 18 years of age. If the student is 18 or over
but financially dependent upon one parent/guardian, then the parent/
guardian will be afforded the same right of access. For students over 18
who are not dependent on parents or who are emancipated, records are
available for inspection only with the approval of the student.
Student Records Transfer
No Child Left Behind requires all school districts to transfer information related to student suspensions and expulsions in addition
to academic records when students transfer to any public or private
elementary, middle, or high school. When transferring their students,
parents do have the right to request a copy of the information that was
disclosed to the new school.
Student Transcripts
Academic records for graduates are available from the registrar of the
graduating high school for two years following graduation. Records
may then be obtained from Student Records. Academic transcripts are
maintained and released in compliance with the Family Educational
Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
GENERAL ATTENDANCE INFORMATION
Attendance
By state law, all non-resident students attending schools of this district shall pay in advance the regular school tuition
rate. (AS 9.030) This law pertains to students whose parents are not residents of the Municipality of Anchorage and
who are not in the custody of a district resident. (ASD Policy Section 421.21) For more information about non-resident
tuition, please contact the school principal or designee.
Alaska State Statute 14.30.010 states that “Every child between seven
and sixteen years of age shall attend school at the public school in the
district in which the child resides during each school term. Every parent, guardian or other person given the responsibility for or control of a
child between seven and sixteen years of age shall insure that the child
is not absent from attendance…” While recognizing that the responsibility for the regular attendance of a student lies with the parent of that
student, the schools also recognize an obligation to assist the parent
and child to ensure that regular attendance does occur. The following
attendance procedures are de­signed to encourage regular attendance
and ensure communication between the school and the parents:
1. Students are required to attend all scheduled classes unless authorized by parents or school personnel to be absent.
2. Parents are expected to call the school by 9 a.m. each morning that
their student is absent from school to excuse him/her from that day’s
attendance.
3. According to Anchorage School Board Policy 443 (b), the following
conditions may result in an excused absence from school:
a. illness
b. death or serious illness in the immediate family
c. participation in a school function
d. extenuating circumstances approved by the principal, and
e. attendance at religious services
4. A ny absence that is not excused is considered a truancy. Truancy is
defined as an unexcused absence of a student for a class or classes.
Truancies are cumulative throughout the semester.
5. When the student falls within the compulsory attendance regulation
(under 16 years of age), in addition to having the documented permission of the parent or guardian to miss school or be absent from
class, the absences shall comply with the Alaska State Compulsory
Attendance Laws 14.30.010.
6. Students with unexcused absences from classes may be subject to
disciplinary action, including but not limited to required parent
conferences, detention and/or suspension. Parents will be notified of
all unexcused absences by School Messenger through the automated
attendance phone call. After the first unexcused absence, detention
or work detail may be assigned, and the ASD attendance policy will
be explained. Subsequent unexcused absences may result in detention, suspension or other appropriate disciplinary action. Chronic,
repeated violation of the attendance policy may result in long term
suspension and/or withdrawal from school.
7. A ny student who is absent from school for ten (10) or more consecutive days without parent contact may be dropped from the
ASD rolls. Prior to withdrawal for non-attendance, parents will
be involved in the attempt to remediate the attendance problem.
Reasonable effort will be made and documented to return that student to full-time attendance prior to withdrawal for non-attendance.
Students withdrawn may be re-enrolled at the beginning of the next
school semester.
8. K nown or suspected cases of violation of AS 14.30.010 may also be
referred to the Anchorage Police Department.
Responsibility to Homeless Children
No homeless child will be deprived of any of the opportunities or benefits offered by the district because of family living situation. Provisions
will be made to help homeless students continue to attend their school
of origin. Transportation will be provided to homeless students comparable to that received by other district students. The district will make
special efforts to ensure the enrollment and attendance of homeless
students who do not currently attend school.
Class Loads
Senior high school students are expected to take six (6) classes. To be
able to take fewer than six (6) classes, a student in the 11th or 12th
grade must make application for early dismissal or late arrival and gain
the permission of the parent/guardian, counselor and administrator.
Student/Parent HandbookII-7
Daily Absence Notification
The official notification of a student’s attendance for unexcused
absences is through Student Messenger using the automated attendance
phone notification. For any absence that has not been excused by the
parent or guardian, a call will be placed daily after the close of business
to the primary contact number. The message will inform the parent/
guardian that his/her student has been absent from one or more classes
for the day. Unless the parent/guardian is able to excuse the absence
according to ASD Board Policy 443 (b), the absence will be unexcused.
The primary phone number can be changed by contacting the school.
If parents provide an email address to the school, email notification will
be made in addition to the automated phone notification. Absences
must be excused within three school days of the absence.
Pre-Approved Absence Request
According to ASD Board Policy 443 (b), the reasons for excused
absences include illness, death or serious illness in the immediate
family, participation in a school function, extenuating circumstances
approved by the principal, and attendance at religious services. When
a student or family contemplates an absence for personal reasons that
must be approved by the principal, the parent/guardian must complete
a Pre-Approved Absence Request Form. A copy of the form is available
at the school or online at www.asdk12.org/parents/attendance/. The
form can be submitted electronically or in written form and must be
submitted at least one week in advance. The principal or designee
may deny the request if he/she believes that the absence would harm the
student’s academic progress. If a request is denied, reasons will be given.
The absences will still count toward the fifteen (15) day standard
(11 Bartlett/13 West/13 South) for high school students.
Attendance Probation and Withdrawal
1. Schools will place students on attendance probation when the student reaches ten (10) absences, excused or unexcused, (7 Bartlett/7
East/8 West/8 South) in any class. A probation notice including an
attendance summary for all classes will be sent to the parents of the
student. A determination will be made as to the cause and if the
student should be deemed habitually truant or is in need of visiting
teacher services due to an extended illness or injury.
2. Schools may withhold credit for any class with fifteen (15) absences
(11 Bartlett/11 East/13 West/13 South). The student and parents
will be contacted on a class-by-class basis. A letter with notification
of withdrawal of credit will be mailed to parents in each instance.
Students and parents will have the right to request evaluation of special and extenuating circumstances related to the absences. Schools
will seek information concerning special and extenuating circumstances at the time non-granting of credit is considered.
3. Schools will provide a process to evaluate requests for consideration
of special and extenuating circumstances which impact student
attendance. The school will have the ability to not count absences
toward the fifteen (15) day standard if the absences are due to special circumstances or extenuating circumstances beyond student or
family control. Special or extenuating circumstances do not include
family vacations.
a. Special circumstances include but are not limited to activity absences, required court appearances, significant events such as
competing in international, national, or regional sport events, or
recognized cultural events.
b. Extenuating circumstances include but are not limited to chronic medical problems, extended illness, death in the family, physical or sexual abuse and documented family problems affecting
student attendance. Pro­visions will be made to allow consideration of special or extenuating circumstances prior to the absence and after the absence takes place. A school decision to deny
consideration may be appealed using the grievance procedure
published in the student handbook.
II-8
4. Additional conditions:
a. Students with illnesses that extend or are projected to extend beyond fifteen (15) school days (11 Bartlett/13 West/13 South)
should apply for services under the Visiting Teacher Program.
Absences from school while in the Visiting Teacher Program will
not count toward probation or non-granting of credit. Students
with chronic medical problems should contact the school if absences due to the chronic illness are likely to exceed fifteen (15)
days in a semester. Absences associated with chronic illness will
not be counted if a medical waiver is secured. Medical waivers must
be renewed each semester and be verified by a medical professional.
b. Absences in quarter classes will accumulate on a semester rather
than quarter basis.
c. The number of absences permitted is based on a six (6) period
day. For a school using a non-standard schedule, the number of
absences will be adjusted accordingly.
d. Students withdrawn for non-attendance will have a “WF’’
(Withdrawal-Failing) recorded on his/her transcript. That grade
will be included in the calculation of his/her grade point average
and will affect eligibility.
e. Days suspended from school are counted for probation and withdrawal of credit.
f. Pre-approved absences will be counted for probation and withdrawal of credit if a waiver of the standard is not granted. Preapproved absence status is used to determine whether the absence
is excused according to ASD Board Policy 443(b).
g. Tardies to class will not be counted as part of the absences used
for probation and withdrawal of credit.
Excessive Absences
Regular, timely attendance is expected of all students. ASD considers
regular student attendance to be one of the most important determinants of student academic success. Students need to be at school on
time and ready to learn every day. If a student misses ten (10) or more
days in a semester, excused or unexcused, he/she is considered to have
excessive absences. A student may be identified as habitually truant
because of excessive absences.
Truancy
Truancy is defined as an unexcused absence of a students for a class
or classes (e.g., skipping one or more classes leaving school without
permission.) Parents are notified of all truancies by School Messenger
through the automated attendance phone notification. Disciplinary
action for truancies will be taken as follows:
1. Parents are notified of the first truancy by School Messenger
through the automated attendance phone notification. Detention
or work detail may be assigned and the attendance policy will be
explained
2. Parents are notified of subsequent truancies by School Messenger
through the automated attendance phone notification. Subsequent
truancies may result in detention or other appropriate disciplinary
action.
3. The student may be designated as habitually truant after five (5)
truancies or ten (10) or more absences, excused or unexcused, in a
semester. Notification of a student as habitually truant is done in
writing. Chronic, repeated violation of the attendance policy may
result in withdrawal from school. After the designation of a student
as habitually truant, the provision of notice of the designation and
a determination of a lack of cooperation from either the parent/
guardian, and/or student in remediating the situation, the habitually truant student and/or parent/guardian of the student may be
cited under AMC 8.75.065. If a truancy occurs during a quarter
resulting in withdrawal from school, the student may re-enter at
SECTION II: District High School Guidelines
the beginning of the next semester. Truancies count through the
entire semester.
Make-up Procedures for Class Work, Assignments and
Tests
When a family knows in advance that their child will be absent from
school for five (5) or more days, a make-up request can be made
through the school office. Each school will determine their procedure
for notifying teachers of the make-up request. For absences less than
five (5) days, the secondary student is responsible for securing the
make-up work from the teacher. At the elementary level, the family will
work directly with the teacher to receive the make-up work.
Students with Excused Absences
One day of make-up privilege will be granted for each day of absence,
regardless of the length of the absence. Teachers are expected to provide
make-up work that is as meaningful as possible; however, it is recognized that make-up work may not provide the same kind and quality of
instruction as the student would have received in class. The actual work
assigned for grading is at the discretion of the teacher.
Full credit is awarded as long as the work is completed within the
allotted time, which is the school day following the make-up period.
All make-up work is due on the final day of the make-up period (e.g.,
if a student is absent for three school days, all make-up work must be
completed and turned in on the fourth day after returning to school).
If a test is missed, arrangements for making up the test will be made
between the teacher and student after the make-up work for the absence
has been completed. Once arrangements are made with the student to
make up the test, it is the student’s responsibility to show up for the
test at the assigned date and time. If the student does not show up for
the test at the assigned date and time, he/she will lose the privilege to
make up the test unless there are extenuating circumstances beyond the
control of the student.
If a state-required assessment is missed and the assessment has a makeup date(s), the student will make up the test according to the individual
school’s make-up schedule. If the student is absent during the make-up
date(s), the student will not have the opportunity to take the assessment
based on state regulations.
Students on Short-Term Suspension
A student on short-term suspension will be allowed to complete, for
credit, class work and assignments missed during the short-term suspension.
The student is expected to have all class work and assignments provided
to the student during the short-term suspension completed upon the
student’s return to school and/or class. If the student needs additional
assistance from the classroom teacher to complete the assignment(s)
that could not be provided during the suspension, the principal can
provide an extension.
The actual work assigned for grading is at the discretion of the teacher.
The guidelines for making up tests for students with excused absences
apply to a student returning from a short-term suspension.
Students on Long-Term Suspension
A student on long-term suspension is allowed to complete, for credit,
class work and assignments missed during the first five (5) days of the
suspension.
The student is expected to have all class work and assignments provided
to the student during the long-term suspension completed upon the
student’s return to school and/or class. If the student needs additional
assistance from the classroom teacher to complete the assignment(s)
that could not be provided during the suspension, the principal can
provide an extension.
The actual work assigned for grading is at the discretion of the teacher.
If a test is assigned during the first five (5) days of the suspension, the
guidelines for making up tests under an excused absence apply.
If a state-required test occurs during the long-term suspension, each
case is reviewed individually to determine whether the student will
participate in the testing.
If the student is assigned to an alternative program during the longterm suspension, the alternative program assumes the responsibility for
providing and grading class work and assignments.
Students with Unexcused Absences
Students who intentionally skip class will not be granted the privilege
to make up work or receive credit for work due on the day of the unexcused absence.
Students who intentionally skip class on a state-required testing day
will make up the test based on the individual school’s make-up schedule when make-up testing is allowed.
When a student has an unexcused absence that is beyond the control of
the student (e.g., parent/guardian requires student to stay home to take
care of younger sibling, parent/guardian takes student on family vacation that has not been approved as an excused absence), the principal
will have the discretion to allow for make-up work. If make-up work is
denied, the student or parent/guardian may have that decision reviewed
at the Instructional Division by making a request to the appropriate
Division within two (2) school days.
In situations where the principal has granted make-up privileges, the
guidelines for an excused absence apply.
Leaving School During the Day
Leaving school before the normal dismissal time for special circumstances is permitted when prior consent of a parent is obtained by note
or telephone, and prior school approval is given. School approval is
obtained through the attendance office. Students who leave the building during the school day without approval will be regarded as truant.
Tardiness
All students are expected to be on time to school and to arrive at all
classes during the day on time. A student is considered tardy if he/she is
not in the classroom at the beginning of the class period. Any secondary student who is late for class without an acceptable excuse shall be
noted as tardy. Each secondary school will implement a procedure that
includes parent notification of the assignment of work details or detention, and suspension for repeated tardy problems.
Hall Passes
Whenever a student, including a teacher’s aide, is out of a classroom
during a class period, he/she must have a valid hall pass. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain a hall pass from the teacher before leaving the classroom. Students in the halls should expect safety-security
personnel and other staff members to check their hall passes and should
comply with those checks in a polite manner. Loss of pass privileges,
work details or detention may be assigned students who are found in
the hall during class time without a valid hall pass.
Suspension
Suspension is a temporary exclusion from school for a specified number
of days. When an administrator suspends a student, every reasonable
effort will be made to reach the parent via telephone. For every suspension, a suspension letter will be provided to the parents, specifying the
reason for the suspension, length of the suspension, return date, and an
appeal procedure. At the time of suspension, the student will be given
a copy of this letter.
During the appeal of a suspension or expulsion, the student will be
placed back in school unless in the judgment of the school principal or
designee an emergency suspension is warranted because the presence
of the student poses an immediate or continuing danger to himself/
herself, other persons or property, or is an ongoing threat of disruption
to the educational process.
During the appeal of a suspension or expulsion, the student may not
participate in nor attend school-sponsored activities or athletics. In
the event of an emergency suspension, the student is not permitted
Student/Parent HandbookII-9
to attend school, nor may they be in any ASD school building or on
any ASD property for the duration of the suspension, regardless of
the appeal status. Failure to adhere to these restrictions will result in
a lengthening of the suspension and possible arrest of the student as a
trespasser.
Transfer or Withdrawal from School
The parent/guard­ian should notify the attendance office two (2) days
in advance if a student is moving out of the district or transferring to
another school within the district. The registrar will issue a withdrawal
slip which is to be signed by each of the student’s teachers during the
day, as well as the librarian, cafeteria manager, nurse, etc. It should be
returned to the office last period. All books and school property must
be returned. A withdrawal is official when obligations to the school and
district have been met.
No final tests can be administered early. A student who must leave a
secondary school will be assisted in the completion of the school year.
Students who must withdraw early are required to have their parent/
guardian contact the school for a parent conference or furnish military
orders showing the necessity for the withdrawal. A student attending an
ASD school, charter school, alternative school or program who wishes
to change his/her School of Eligibility without a corresponding parent move, will be ineligible for interscholastic competition at the new
School of Eligibility for 180 school days.
Senior high students relocating outside Alaska before the last twenty
(20) days of school:
Withdrawal grades to date will be given, and the student must report
to the receiving school for completion of school year and credit from
the new school.
Senior high students relocating within or outside Alaska during the last
twenty (20) days of school:
Withdrawal grades to date given; enrollment in the new school recommended. If enrollment is not possible, arrangements will be made for
student to take final tests, where applicable, with the new school district or appropriate public agency.
GRIEVANCE PROCESS
The Student Grievance Process has been developed by the Anchorage
School District to resolve matters in which a student feels that s/he has
had their civil rights violated, including rights protected under Title
IX. This process also pertains to instances in which a student feels they
have been discriminated against by school staff due to issues such as
their race, disability, national origin or gender. This process can also
be used to address credit, scheduling, or staff and student relationships,
including classroom discipline and attendance. If you wish to use the
grievance procedure, see the school principal or designee, who will
guide you through the process.
Definition of Terms:
Grievance: Alleged violation of School Board policies, central administration rules and regulations, or school administrative policies as well
as past practices and informal procedures.
Grievant: One who files a grievance against another person.
Respondent: One against whom a grievance is filed.
Contact Person: One with whom the grievance can discuss the issue
before filing a grievance. Be sure to find the contact person for your
type of grievance.
Process Procedures
1. Discuss the issue with the principal. It may be easily resolved at this
level.
2. If circumstances prevent using #1 or if your complaint is not resolved
within 5 school days, you may file a grievance. The grievance
must be in writing and on the Student Grievance Form. Student
Grievance Form can be obtained from the school office or downloaded from the ASD website @ www.asdk12.org.
3. Complete the student grievance form and forward it to the principal/
designee. Be sure to state the exact problem and what you want to
happen.
4. Grievances must be initiated within five (5) school days of the
alleged act and will be concluded within 20 school days except for
gender equity grievances.
5. Gender equity (Title IX) grievances can be filed within 30 days of
the alleged act and will be concluded within 5 school days of the
complaint date. Follow the timelines in the student handbook for all
other grievances
6. Based on the nature of the grievance, the involved staff member and
student must confer for the purpose of attempting to solve the problem. All parties must agree to the meeting. The principal/designee
shall schedule a conference with the staff member, the student and
the student’s parent/guardian. This conference will be facilitated by
the principal/designee.
7. If resolution is not acceptable to the grievant, the grievant may appeal
in writing to the school’s Grievance Committee within three (3)
days. Check with your school administration to find out about your
school’s Grievance Committee.
8. The decision of the Grievance Committee will be rendered in writing
to both parties and the administrator within five (5) school days of
the date of the committee’s final decision.
9. Either party may appeal the Grievance Committee’s decision to the
appropriate Executive Director.
10. For Title IX complaints that are not resolved at the school level,
you may contact the EEO Director, who serves as the Title IX
Coordinator, at the ASD Education Center, 5530 E. Northern
Lights Blvd., Anchorage, AK 99504-3135, (907) 742-4132.
ASD HARASSMENT AND/OR DISCRIMINATION POLICY
The Anchorage School District affirms the right of all students and
employees to pursue their education or occupation with dignity in a
safe environment. Harassment and/or discrimination of employees
and students will not be tolerated in the Anchorage School District.
Anchorage School District includes school district facilities, school
district premises and non-school property if the student or employee is
at any school sponsored, school approved, or school related activity or
function, such as field trips or social and athletic events where students
are under the control of the school district or where the employee is
engaged in school business.
It is prohibited to harass, discriminate against, or grant a discriminatory advantage based on race, creed, gender, national origin, age, marital
II-10
status, political or religious beliefs, physical or mental conditions, family, social, or cultural background, or sexual orientation. Harassment
and/or discrimination by board members, administrators, employees,
parents, students, vendors, and others doing business with the school
district is prohibited. Employees and students whose behavior is found
to be in violation of this policy will be subject to discipline, up to and
including discharge, suspension, or other appropriate action. Other
individuals whose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy will
be subject to appropriate sanctions as determined and imposed by the
superintendent or board.
Sexual harassment shall include, but not be limited to, unwelcome
SECTION II: District High School Guidelines
sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical
contact of a sexual nature when:
• submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a
term or condition of an individual’s employment or a student’s education or other school status.
• submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used
as the basis for employment or educational decisions affecting such
individual; or
• such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonable interference
with an individual’s work performance, educational attainment,
or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or school
environment.
Disciplinary action can be taken against those individuals who are
found to have made a false or frivolous accusation.
Employees who believe they have experienced an act of harassment
and/or discrimination should report the matter immediately to their
supervisors. Supervisors shall investigate the issue and advise the EEO
Office. In addition, employees may also report the incident to the
EEO Office directly, or to an outside agency, i.e., the Municipality
of Anchorage Equal Rights Commission, an Ombudsman, the State
of Alaska Human Rights Commission, the U.S. Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission, or the Office for Civil Rights.
Students who believe they have experienced an act of harassment and/or
discrimination should report the matter immediately to a staff member.
The school principal or designee shall investigate the issue and advise
the EEO Office. In addition, students may also report the incident to
the EEO Office directly, or to an outside agency, i.e., the Municipality
of Anchorage Equal Rights Commission, an Ombudsman, the State
of Alaska Human Rights Commission, the U.S. Equal Employment
Opportunity Com­mission, or the Office for Civil Rights.
TITLE IX
“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from
participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination
under any educational programs or activity receiving federal financial assistance”.
From the preamble to Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972
the school board is committed to an environment of nondiscrimination
on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, economic
status, union affiliation, disability, and other human differences. No
person shall be excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits
of, any academic or extracurricular program or educational opportunity offered service offered by the district. The district will comply with
the applicable statutes, regulations, and executive orders adopted by
federal, state, and municipal agencies. Title IX applies to all programs
in a school (including academics, extracurricular, and athletics) that
receives federal financial assistance. It protects all participants in the
PLEASE NOTE: RIDING THE SCHOOL BUS IS A PRIVILEGE NOT A RIGHT.
ELIGIBILITY
Students who live more than a mile and a half from school, or must
cross a designated hazardous road area, are provided bus transportation. Students who are on zone exceptions must provide their own
transportation to and from school, unless approved in writing by the
transportation department.
ALL TIMES
1. Exercise good manners, caution and consideration for other people.
2. Follow the directions of the bus driver; his/her primary concern is
for your safety.
3. Identify yourself upon request. State both your first name and last
name when asked.
4. The driver may assign students a seat.
5. Students must not have anything in their possession that may cause
injury to another.
6. Students eligible for transportation must use the bus stop closest to
their home.
7. Students must ride their assigned bus unless presenting a note to
the driver from their parent/guardian that has been initialed by the
principal or his/her designee.
8. Proper classroom behavior is expected of all students while walking
to and waiting for the bus.
9. Buses will shut their doors at departure time at school. No tardy students will be allowed to board while the buses are leaving. Students
could be inured by buses departing the loading zone.
10. Stay out of the danger zone (15 feet from the bus in all directions)
at all times.
DANGER FROM PASSING CARS
DANGER ZONE
SCHOOL BUS
MOST DANGEROUS
DANGER ZONE
MOST
DANGEROUS
SCHOOL BUS academic program from gender discrimination including parents, students and employees. If a school becomes aware of equal opportunity
violations or sexual harassment, the school will take appropriate actions
to investigate the situation. For more information on the student
grievance process speak with your principal and/or follow the Student
Grievance Process in this handbook. For more information on Title
IX or to report any civil rights violation or Title IX violation, contact
the EEO Director, who serves as the Title IX Coordinator, at the ASD
Education Center, 5530 E. Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK
99504-3135 (907) 742-4132.
Concerns may also be reported to any of the following external agencies: Alaska State Commission for Human Rights, Anchorage Equal
Rights Commission, Department of Education and/or the Office of
Civil Rights.
Updated 6/2010
15 FT.
Walking Area
WALKING TO THE BUS STOP AND WAITING FOR THE
SCHOOL BUS
1. Respect private property. Do not litter or trespass.
2. Walk on the left side of the road facing traffic.
3. Be at your stop five minutes ahead of time. Your school bus driver
has a schedule to keep.
4. Stay a safe distance from the roadway.
5. Students must cross the roadway only in front of the school bus
when given the signal to do so by the school bus driver.
6. Be in line when the school bus approaches.
7. Wait to approach the bus until the bus has come to a complete stop
— don’t play or push others.
8. L et smaller children board first.
Student/Parent HandbookII-11
9. Students must use the same bus stop closest to their home, getting
on and off the bus.
BOARDING THE SCHOOL BUS
1. Do not push, crowd or disturb others.
2. A lways use the handrail and go up the steps one at a time.
3. Go directly to your seat and be seated.
4. Except for service animals, no animals of any kind are allowed on
the bus.
5. Ice skates must have protective guards on the blades and be placed
inside the backpack.
6. Skis, poles, hockey sticks, skateboards, scooters and other sharp
edged objects will not be permitted on the school bus.
7. The following musical instruments will not be transported on a
school bus: guitars, cellos, baritones, double basses, French horns,
trombones, saxophones (tenor & baritone) and drums.
CONDUCT ON THE SCHOOL BUS
1. Keep the aisle and exits clear.
2. Place backpacks and other gear on your lap.
3. Remain seated until the bus has come to a complete stop and get off
only at your regular bus stop.
4. Avoid loud talking, confusion or anything else that might distract
the driver.
5. Never sit in the driver’s seat or interfere with the driver in any manner.
6. Keep quiet near railroad tracks so the driver can listen for trains.
7. Keep head, arms and body inside the bus.
8. Do not throw objects inside the bus or out of the bus.
9. Eating and drinking is not allowed on the school bus. Chewing,
using, or possessing alcohol, drugs or controlled substances or chewing gum on the bus is prohibited.
10. Windows may be opened two clicks only with the permission of
the bus driver.
11. Refrain from defacing or damaging the bus and always assist in
keeping it clean. Students will be expected to pay for any damage
or vandalism of the bus, seats, or any other equipment.
12. A ll students must safely seated, facing forward, feet on the floor.
13. In general, all students riding a school bus will observe classroom
conduct.
14. The emergency door and exit controls may be used only during
supervised drills or actual emergencies.
GETTING OFF THE SCHOOL BUS
1. Remain seated until the bus has come to a complete stop and the
door is open. Students may disembark only at their regular bus stop.
2. Use the handrail and take only one step at a time.
3. Remember, pushing or crowding could cause an accident.
4. After leaving the bus, go directly home or to your assigned place.
5. It is everyone’s responsibility to demonstrate good citizenship by
cooperating with your school bus driver at all times so that your
parents and school district officials can depend upon safe, timely
and efficient pupil transportation to and from school.
6. When students are off loading, if you are not getting off, DO NOT
leave your assigned seat.
Sanctions for Bus Rule Violations
All students are expected to behave on the bus in a calm, quiet, safe
manner and to abide by bus rules. Students who behave in an unruly
and/or unsafe manner on the bus or at the bus stop may receive the
following sanctions:
1st and subsequent offense: warning conference; parent notification;
suspension of bus privileges; revocation of bus privileges; detention/
work detail; suspension,
Sanctions range from warning to suspension depending upon the severity. If any offense is sufficiently flagrant, the student’s bus privilege may
be revoked at that time for the remainder of the school year, and/or
suspension from school at the discretion of the building administrator.
REMEMBER
1. R iding on the school bus is a PRIVILEGE and not a right.
2. If the pupil’s conduct is such that the health, safety, comfort or well
being of others is jeopardized, on or off the bus, a school district
official may deny the privilege of riding the bus.
4. To ensure student safety on the bus no adults, other than school or
public safety officials, are allowed to board the bus at school bus
stops.
3. Have a safe, pleasant and enjoyable trip.
It is acceptable for a parent to utilize public transportation for their
student(s). However, parents/guardians must put their decision in writing and the school will keep a copy on file. The parent/guardian should
clearly state the start and end date their student will use the People
Mover or any other mode of public transportation. Parents/guardians must also state they understand there is no supervision provided
for their student while they are waiting to be picked up. The public
transportation letter must be renewed each year. See Zone Exception/
Lottery form for conditions.
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
The ASD offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities. It regularly
prepares student surveys as part of a continuing effort to accommodate
the interests and abilities of all students in a non-discriminatory manner. Addition of interscholastic activities not currently available will
be considered as a result of expression of interest by students in numbers
sufficient to justify formation of a team or club. See the assistant principal for activities at your school for more information
Admission Prices
General Admission
$5.00
* Students with Activity Stickers
$3.00 (away events)
* Students with Activity Stickers
$4.00 (hockey away events)
* Students with Activity Stickers
FREE (home events)
Students—7th & 8th grade
$3.00
Students— 7th & 8th grade (hockey) $4.00
Elementary & Pre-SchoolFREE w/ parent
Activity stickers must be presented or general admission must be paid
for both home and away events. All events will be charged at all levels
II-12
except at ‘C’ team levels; ‘JV’ when not preceding a varsity contest; and
where control of the gate is impossible.
Family season tickets will be available for admission to home contests
in basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, swimming, soccer and wrestling.
The cost will be $4.00 x number of home events rounded to the highest
$5.00 increment, not to exceed $50.00. This does not include tournaments. A hockey pass may be available and cost determined by the
ASD/Anchorage High School Hockey Association.
The home school will admit without charge all competitors, cheerleaders (in uniform), coaches, and managers of the visiting school.
Activity Stickers
Activity stickers will cost $25.00 each and will admit students to all
home athletic contests including those designated at locations which
are not on school property, i.e., Anchorage Football Stadium, Boeke
Sports Arena, etc. Activity stickers will also admit students to contests
at other Anchorage schools for $3.00 admission (hockey events $4.00).
Non-activity sticker holders will be charged $5.00 or full adult price.
SECTION II: District High School Guidelines
Activity stickers may also be used for admittance or reduced rates to
dramatic, social, cultural events.
Activity sticker use shall be standardized on an annual basis. Activity
stickers will not be discounted in any way. Refunds for activity stickers
of students leaving school will be $10.00 during the first semester only.
Stickers may be purchased second semester for $15.00.
Student Clubs
Student clubs may be formed at the request of students interested in a
particular activity. School groups may be organized by the school for
educational and school purposes. The procedures and rules for club formation and operation and participation in school groups is listed below.
See your school principal or designee if you have questions.
1. Students may form clubs within the following criteria:
a. Students may organize extracurricular clubs provided that the
club formation and activities are student-initiated and voluntary.
b. Membership in a student-organized extracurricular club is open
to all students.
c. A student-organized extracurricular club shall have a school
monitor who ensures that school policies are not violated but
who does not participate in the clubs.
d. Non-school persons (i.e., persons who are neither students nor
employees of the Anchorage School District) shall not direct,
control, conduct or regularly attend the meetings or activities of
student-organized extracurricular clubs.
e. The activities of a student-organized extracurricular club shall
take place only during non-instructional time.
f. The school shall not expend public funds to the student-organized extracurricular club beyond the incidental cost of providing the space for meetings.
g. Student-organized extracurricular clubs are expressly prohibited
from the following: Interfering with the orderly conduct of the
educational purpose and activities of the school; promoting, encouraging, or sanctioning activities that are unlawful; abridging
the constitutional rights of any person; or compelling a school
agent or employee to attend a meeting that is contrary to the
beliefs of that agent or employee.
1. The school principal or designee retains the right to prohibit
activities and meetings and to disband clubs which engage in
the above-listed conduct.
2. Student-organized extracurricular clubs may appeal to the
School Board if a school administrator orders that the club be
disbanded.
h. Student-organized extracurricular clubs must have a club purpose statement and constitution which is approved by the school
principal or designee prior to initiation of club activities. School
administration will provide a standard format, requirements and
advice on production of the purpose statement and constitution.
All statements in the constitution must be correct and factual.
The statements of purpose and constitution may not:
1. Exclude students from membership.
2. Propose unlawful or violent acts.
3. Propose or otherwise entail a violation of any of the criteria
set forth in School Board Policy 348.1 or any other policy of
the Anchorage School District.
i. A student-organized extracurricular club may raise and expend
funds for purposes only endorsed in the club statement of purpose and constitution.
j. The School district does not endorse or sponsor the meeting or
activities of student-initiated clubs. Student clubs exist as an expression of individual rights and are the sole responsibility of the
membership.
2. School groups may be formed for educational and school purposes
within approved curriculum and extra curricular programs. School
groups operate within the following criteria:
a. Membership in any school group shall be open to all students
who meet membership requirements. Membership requirements
shall not include discriminatory factors related to race, color
creed, national origin, ethnicity or gender.
b. Student groups must have a statement of purpose and constitution approved by the school principal or designee. The school
group will operate under the rules set forth in the constitution.
The school principal or designee will be responsible for maintaining group operation according to the group constitution.
c. A school sponsor shall be designated for each group.
d. The school district does endorse and sponsor meetings and activities of school groups. School groups exist to promote and
enhance school curricular and extra curricular activities.
e. School groups may raise and expend money to support the curricular and extra curricular activities designated in the group
statement of purpose and constitution.
Senior High School Interscholastic Activities
The following activities are offered by the Anchorage School District
and are sanctioned by the Alaska School Activities Association.
Students must meet the eligibility standards of the Alaska School
Activities Association and the Anchorage School District to be eligible
to participate in the following activities:
Band
Baseball
Basketball
Bowling
Cheerleading
Drama
Distributive Ed. Clubs
of America
Football
Forensics/Debate
Girls Flag Football
Gymnastics
Honor Choir
Boys Ice Hockey
Journalism Workshop
Music Festivals
Office Ed. Assoc. of
America
Orchestra
Rifle
Soccer
Softball
Student Government
Swimming/Diving
Tennis
Track & Field
Volleyball
Wrestling
X-Country Running
X-Country Skiing
Fees for interscholastic sports are as follows:
$193 for Tennis, Cross Country Running, Cheerleading, Track and
Field, Drama Debate/Forensics.
$204 for Flag Football, Volleyball, Cross Country Skiing, Football,
Wrestling, Basketball, Rifle, Soccer.
$215 for Gymnastics, Swimming and Diving, Hockey.
The family cap for activity fees is $390.
Activity Stickers
Activity stickers are available from the school activities office and constitute a savings on gate fees at sporting events.
Rules of Eligibility
Eligibility and training rules for senior high school students participating in interscholastic athletics are listed under participation guidelines.
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
Eligibility
To be considered a qualifier at Division I and Division II institutions
and be eligible for financial aid, practice and competition during your
first year, you must meet the NCAA requirements for grade point
average, approved core courses, graduation, and ACT or SAT scores.
Be sure to ask your coach and guidance counselor about these requirements or contact the national office at (913) 339-1906. Rules are often
revised, see ncaa.org for current rules.
School Grade Rule
Students in grade eight and below are ineligible for participation as
members of high school athletic teams in interscholastic competition
including cheerleading.
Student/Parent HandbookII-13
Undue Influence Rule
A student is not eligible to participate in interscholastic activities for
at least one year if he/she has been unduly influenced or offered any
remuneration, directly or indirectly, for the purpose of causing the
student or the student’s family to reside in a given school district or
school attendance area in order to establish his/her eligibility for activities participation.
Age Rule
A student who becomes 19 years of age on or before August 1 shall be
ineligible for interscholastic competition.
Physical Examination—Parent’s Consent
A student will not be permitted to participate in a practice session or to
represent his/her school in athletics, cheerleading, or other strenuous
activities until there is on file with the Superintendent or school principal or designee a statement, signed by a practicing physician, nurse
practitioner, physician’s assistant, or military medical examiner, and
the student’s parents or legal guardian, certifying that he/she has submitted to a physical examination within the prior calendar year. The
physical examination must not expire during the season of the sport in
which the student participates. The statement must certify that, in the
opinion of the examiner, the student is physically fit to participate in
strenuous physical activities.
Wrestling Weight Certification
With respect to students participating in wrestling, the National
Federation Rule Book for high school governs all situations.
Within 60 days of a first match, the examiner, as defined in the first
paragraph of this section, must certify the lowest weight class the individual may wrestle during the season. This determination must be in
writing, signed by the examiner and by the student’s parents, before the
student may be allowed to wrestle in a match.
Individuals must have their weight certification form on file with their
school before their name may be placed on the eligibility list. There
must be a place for the examiner’s signature and the parent’s signature
on the weight certification form.
Amateurism
Only amateurs are eligible to participate
1. Students representing member schools of the Association must be
amateurs.
2. A student is an amateur, not a professional, and is ineligible if he/
she receives or is promised money or other valuable consideration
for competing in a sport recognized by the Association. This rule
applies throughout the twelve months of the year. A professional
in one of these sports is considered a professional in all. A student
may play with or against those who are professional without losing
amateur standing.
3. Acceptance of money or other valuable consideration as wages or
expenses or of merchandise prizes for athletic competition renders a
student ineligible for further athletic competition. No money is to
be given to a contestant. However, it is permissible for a contestant
to accept necessary meals, lodging and transportation while competing. Medals or trophies may be accepted. College scholarships
may be accepted but the amount of the scholarship must be paid
directly to the college of choice by the donors.
4. A student is ineligible if he/she competes under an assumed name
for the purpose of concealing his/her status as a professional.
Signing of Contracts
The signing of any contract by a student whereby he/she agrees to
compete in any athletic competition for profit immediately makes that
student ineligible for further interscholastic athletic competition.
Professional and College Try-Outs
Professional and college try-outs which interfere with a high school
II-14
student’s work or which involve a game in violation of Association rules
may result immediately in that student’s ineligibility for further interscholastic athletic competition.
Awards
The Alaska School Activities Association Board of Control designates,
gives, and controls ribbons, medals, and trophies to be awarded to
schools and individuals at state championship events.
Waiver of Eligibility Rules
1. The Executive Director will not grant eligibility in any case in which
the asserted hardship is the sole result of knowing conduct by the
student or his/her parents or guardian which had the effect of causing the hardship.
2. Ignorance of any standard is not sufficient reason for waiving a
standard.
3. Request procedures: A request for a waiver must be directed by
the student to the involved member school’s officially designated
administrator who shall then file a written request stating the full
particulars of the case and the reasons felt by the student or the
administrator, or both, to warrant the granting of the requested
waiver. (See Article XIII, ASAA By-Laws)
High school student eligibility requirements
Enrollment Rules
Participation in high school athletics is a privilege. All students are
expected to comply with local, state, and federal laws and the rules and
regulations of the Anchorage School District. Students will be subject
to denial of the ability to participate if they do not meet eligibility
requirements, engage in behavior that is detrimental to the well being
of the team or school, are in violation of the tobacco rule, are in violation of the drug and alcohol rule, or commit criminal acts as defined in
the ASD Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities. In all cases
the Superintendent or his designee retains the right to review and revise
any disciplinary action.
A student is eligible to participate in the interscholastic activities of only
one member school per year, except as provided under the Transfer/
Residency Rule (Section 9 of ASAA Handbook). That school shall be
considered the School of Eligibility. A student who is simultaneously
enrolled at more than one member school and who wishes to be eligible
to participate in the interscholastic activities of one of those schools,
must designate that school as the School of Eligibility. The School of
Eligibility must ensure that the student meets all eligibility requirements before being permitted to participate.
A. To be eligible during a school semester for participation in interscholastic activities, a student must:
1. be properly registered in a 9-12 high school program in the ASD,
an ASD charter school, ASD alternative school or program.
a. A student enrolling in an ASD charter school, alternative
school or program during the first semester of ninth grade;
and a student transferring from out-of-district who attends an
ASD charter school, alternative school or program after the
first semester of the ninth grade, must designate a member
school within the district as the School of Eligibility.
b. The School of Eligibility of a student, other than a first semester freshman, who transfers to an ASD charter school, alternative school or program from another school within that
district, will be the member school from which the student
transferred.
c. A student who transfers without a bona fide change of residence of parents or guardians is ineligible for Varsity, State
Qualifying and State Championship interscholastic competition for one calendar year, from the date of first attendance in
the new school. Students who live with a coach are ineligible.
At schools with no sub-varsity teams, the student could ask
SECTION II: District High School Guidelines
for a waiver to participate on the varsity team during the regular season, but would not be able to participate at either conference or state tournaments.
2. Have a qualifying G.P.A.:
a. A ll first semester freshmen are immediately eligible at the beginning of the school year. At the end of the 1st quarter, they
must have a 2.0 GPA to remain eligible for the remainder of
the semester.
b. Second-semester freshmen, all sophomores, all juniors, and
all seniors must have an overall 2.0 GPA during the previous
semester and end of first and third quarters. Students who do
not meet the GPA portion of this requirement may regain
eligibility during the current semester by achieving and
maintaining an overall 2.0 GPA at the end of the quarter or
semester using the grades earned during the nine-week grading period.
c. Students who did not pass 5 classes the previous semester may
regain eligibility by retaking and completing the course failed
prior to the next eligibility check. Grades are checked at the
beginning of each fall sports season and at the end of each
quarter/semester. For purposes of this section, academic deficiencies may be made up through correspondence courses or
summer school. (Correspondence courses must be completed
and postmarked prior to the eligibility check. Athletes may
begin participation once the final grade is posted.) Grades
must be posted by the start of the first (Fall) sports season.
The first (Fall) season begins the last Monday in July or the
first Monday of August.
3. Be enrolled in the required number of semester classes:
a. A ll freshmen, all sophomores, all juniors, as well as seniors
who are not on track to graduate must be enrolled in a minimum of five (5) semester classes that lead to granting of credit toward graduation from the school district.
b. Seniors who are on track to graduate must be enrolled in a
minimum of four (4) semester classes in the district. Seniors
who have a minimum of 17.5 credits at the beginning of their
senior year and who enroll in a minimum of four (4) semester
classes the first semester will be eligible during the second
semester as long as enrolled in enough credits second semester
to graduate.
c. For purposes of eligibility, “enrolled” means the student has
registered and remains in an approved course requiring regular attendance and/or coursework. College courses may be
used to determine the number of courses for enrollment if: 1)
the student is currently enrolled in the course, and 2) the
course has been approved for ASD credit through Credit By
Choice Program. The following units of credit do not qualify
for purposes of determining eligibility: high school credit issued for middle school courses; the World Languages Incentive Credit; physical education waiver, and the credit by examination.
d. K ing Career Center courses will be counted as three(3) semester classes.
B. Student eligibility is checked on the first day of the fall sports season. Eligibility will be checked again the second Monday of each
subsequent quarter. Students who were not eligible during a previous quarter/semester may practice, but not play, after school on the
last day of the quarter, pending the new findings of eligibility.
C. Students who do not meet the eligibility rules of ASD and ASAA to
participate in interscholastic activities due to academic deficiency
may have the ability to practice with the team for the remainder of
the quarter as long as all of the required paperwork is submitted to
the Activities office. The student will be able to practice only, they
will not be issued a uniform to play in a contest until the end of the
next grading period. After the next grading period. After the next
grading period, eligibility may be regained.
IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE:
1. A physician’s clearance to play must be on file at the school. This
clearance is good for one year but must not expire during the season
of the sport in which the student is participating.
2. A High School Athletic Activity Participation form must be signed
and on file, and participation guidelines must be acknowledged.
3. Students and parents must comply with the ASAA pre-participation
guidelines.
4. A ll records must be in order and forms must be on file in the
Activity Office before the student is eligible to participate in any
athletic programs.
5. Students pay an activity fee per ASAA sport or apply for a fee waiver
based on financial hardship through the school activity office.
6. a. A ll players must have ten (10) separate days of physical practice
in the same sport activity prior to the first day of competition.
b. W hen a student is participating in a recognized high school sport
activity that overlaps the beginning of another recognized sport
season, the AASA Executive Director may waive up to five (5)
practices.
c. If a student has completed the required practices but has not
competed for whatever reason for less then two weeks, no additional practices are required before returning to competition
with the concurrence of the coach. If a student misses between 2
and 4 weeks of practice and competition, 5 additional days of
practice and the concurrence of the coach are required before
returning to competition. If more than 4 weeks have been
missed, the student must have ten (10) additional days of practice and concurrence of the coach before returning to competition.
d. Member schools permitting a student to participate in interscholastic competition without meeting the practice requirements of
this section will be considered to be using an ineligible player
and will be subject to penalty under Article 12, Section 1 of the
ASAA handbook.
e. A SAA prohibits students from competing as a member of a nonschool comp. or junior hockey team beginning with the first day
of high school practice until a school team has completed its
season. The prohibition on competing on a non-school team will
be lifted during Thanksgiving and winter break vacations. Although this rule does not restrict practice on a non-school team
during the high school season, no student may participate in a
high school game on a day in which he/she has participated in a
“comp” practice.
Conditions of Student Participation
A. ELIGIBILITY RULES
1. Athletes must meet all eligibility requirements of the Anchorage
School district and the Alaska State Activities Association
(ASAA).
2. Violation of the eligibility rules shall result in denial of participation.
B. DENIAL OF PARTICIPATION
1. A n athlete who is removed from a team for disciplinary reasons
will not be eligible to practice or play another sport during the
season of that sport.
2. An athlete who is suspended out of school for any reason will not
be eligible to practice or play any sport during the period of suspension. A suspension ends at midnight of the final day of the
suspension.
3. Any sanction imposed under these Conditions of Participation is
Student/Parent HandbookII-15
separate and distinct from any sanction which may be proposed
for violation of any other school disciplinary requirement.
4. During an appeal process the student shall not participate in the
group’s activities until the appeal process is completed.
C. DENIAL OF PARTICIPATION FROM TEAM ACTIVITIES
FOR SPECIFIC CIRCUMSTANCES
1. A student athlete who is truant for one or more classes, or who is
in attendance for less than half of his or her scheduled classes
during school day cannot practice or play on that day without
principal permission. Students in violation will be suspended for
two games on the first offense, removed from the team on the
second offense.
2. Equipment issued to an athlete is his/her responsibility for return or replacement. If the equipment is not returned, replaced
or paid for, no letter shall be awarded nor shall the student be
permitted to participate in any sport.
3. Denial from participating with the team for a period of time to
be determined by coach/principal/and District administrators
may result from the following:
a. Insubordination
b. Obscene gestures; swearing
c. Provocation
d. Fighting
e. Stealing/Theft
f. Hazing/Initiation
g. Other disciplinary situations which may arise
4. With administrative approval, the coach may establish additional participation rules.
D. THE COMPLETE TOBACCO, ALCOHOL AND
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES (TAD) POLICY FOLLOWS.
Time period during which policy applies
The policy in this section applies to any student who is participating or has participated in interscholastic activities starting from the
students’ first participation in interscholastic activities, including
formal practices which precede interscholastic competition after the
initial signing of the Student/Parent/Legal Guardian (TAD) Acknowledgement Form, at any ASAA member school, and continuing
until the student graduates from high school.
Students sanctioned under the TAD guidelines must complete
ASAA education component before returning to play. Violations of
this policy are cumulative and progressive throughout a student’s
high school years.
TOBACCO RULES–Violations of tobacco rules cumulative
throughout school year. Students who violate the tobacco rules will
be subject to the following sanctions:
a. FIRST OFFENSE FOR POSSESSION OR USE - Suspended
from interscholastic activities and practices for 10 calendar days.
Fifty percent of the suspension will be forgiven and the student
may return to practice if the student and parent/guardian complete the First Offense educational component.
b. SECOND OFFENSE FOR POSSESSION OR USE- Loss of
practice and athletic participation for forty-five calendar days.
c. Students who violate the tobacco rules while under school jurisdiction are subject to suspension in accordance with Anchorage
School District regulations and cannot participate during the
length of the suspension.
E. DRUG/ALCOHOL RULES
The actual or attempted sale of, use of, possession of tobacco, alcohol, inhalants, illegal drugs, substances designed to look like illegal
drugs, substances purported to be illegal drugs, or drug paraphernalia shall subject the athlete to loss of practice and athletic participation.
II-16
Under School Jurisdiction
Students who violate the drug/alcohol rules will be subject to:
a. FIRST OFFENSE FOR POSSESSION OR USE - Suspension
in accordance with Anchorage School District Regulations. Loss
of practice and athletic participation during the suspension.
Fifty percent of the suspension from athletic participation will
be forgiven and the student may return to practice if the student
and parent/guardian complete the ASAA First Offense educational component.
b. SECOND OFFENSE FOR POSSESSION OR USE, OR
FIRST OFFENSE FOR SELLING, DISTRIBUTING, OR
ATTEMPTING TO SELL - Suspension or change in placement in accordance with Anchorage School District Regulations
- Loss of practice and athletic participation during the suspension or change in placement.
Not Under School Jurisdiction
Students who violate the drug/alcohol rules while not under school
jurisdiction:
a. FIRST OFFENSE FOR POSSESSION OR USE - Loss of practice and athletic participation for ten calendar days. Fifty percent of the suspension from athletic participation will be forgiven and the student may return to practice if the student and
parent/guardian complete the ASAA First Offense educational
component.
b. SECOND OFFENSE FOR POSSESSION OR USE, OR
FIRST OFFENSE FOR SELLING, DISTRIBUTING, OR
ATTEMPTING TO SELL - Loss of practice and athletic participation for a minimum of forty-five calendar days.
c. THIRD OFFENSE FOR POSSESSION OR USE, OR SECOND OFFENSE FOR SELLING, DISTRIBUTING OR ATTEMPTING TO SELL - Loss of eligibility for the duration of
Anchorage School District attendance.
F. CRIMINAL ACTS
Students who commit criminal acts as defined in the ASD Statement of Student’s Rights and Responsibilities will be removed from
the team for the remainder of the season.
1. The school will conduct an investigation independent of the police.
2. The student may appeal the finding of the investigation to the
school principal.
3. The student shall not participate in the team’s activities until the
appeal process is completed.
This is not a complete list of all eligibility rules and regulations. If
you have questions, please contact your activities principal. See ASAA
manual for definition of a bona fide move of parents or guardian.
School Transfer
For information on eligibility rules related to school transfer, please
visit the Alaska School Activities Association at www.asaa.org.
Awards and Letters
Senior High School activities letters may be awarded only for student
participation in events that are ASD-sponsored and controlled.
Varsity Athletic Letter Award Criteria
An individual will be lettered in an athletic activity if he/she completes
the season for that activity, participates in one-half of the periods of
scheduled varsity competition, and attends all practices unless excused
by the coach.
Additional Criteria
1. In track and field and swimming, the individual will be awarded a
letter who finishes first or second for his/her school in any event in
a minimum of one-half the scheduled varsity meets.
2. In riflery, an individual will be awarded a letter when he/she has
SECTION II: District High School Guidelines
finished in the top 15 scores for his/her school in a minimum of onehalf of the scheduled varsity meets.
3. In swimming, an individual will be awarded a varsity letter
a. when he/she has attained 45 varsity points or placed in the top
six (6) at the Region meet. The points will be assessed on the following scale: 1st=6, 2nd=5, 3rd=4, 4th=3, 5th=2, 6th=1
4. A coach may letter an individual for the following reasons at his/her
discretion:
a. Injury/Illness Letter
b. Participant Letter: (Three-year participant who has not previously lettered. Limited to seniors.)
c. Value to Team: (Written justification for letter from coach.)
d. Manager
Criteria For All Music Awards
1. The student is expected to live up to the responsibilities of membership in the group, and:
a. Attend all concerts unless excused by a school official.
b. Attend 75 percent of all other scheduled performances of their
group.
2. A director may letter an individual for the following reasons at his/
her discretion:
a. Injury/Illness Letter
b. Participant Letter: (Three-year participant who has not previously lettered. Limited to seniors.)
3. The letter award program will in no way be affiliated with the classroom grading system.
Letter for Debate, Drama, Forensics or Performance
Drama
Letters should be awarded as a means of recognizing outstanding individuals.
1. Debate, Drama and Forensic Letter: Participation in at least 50
percent of all scheduled forensics contests; individual school placement, first, second or third, in at least three of the contests.
Or, participation in debate in at least two tournaments, with a win
record of at least 50 percent.
2. Performance Drama Letter: Participation in a minimum of three
plays during the current school year. (Participation would include
work on stage crews, technical crews and acting roles.)
Awards—Sweaters and Jackets
Students who are awarded a letter may wear the appropriate sweater
or jacket without joining a school club. No employee of the ASD shall
enter into a so-called “contract’’ to act as a supplier for physical education uniforms, swim suits, sweaters, letter jackets or other items of
apparel with a vendor.
STUDENT TRAVEL
Trips or Excursions
When students are on a trip with a group representing a school from the
district, they are to conduct themselves in a proper manner at all times
and abide by all policies of the Anchorage School District. Failure to
do this will result in the appropriate disciplinary action being taken by
school officials.
Transportation
When transportation is provided, all participants will travel to and
from the activity with the team unless the student is released by the
principal or designee to the parent/guardian.
Students may not be housed in private homes when traveling outside
the district as a member of an athletic team, cheerleader, or other
student group representing the Anchorage schools. Students may be
housed in institutional settings, including but not necessarily limited
to schools or churches as deemed appropriate by school administrators. Representatives of the Anchorage Schools will not furnish housing
in private homes for students who are visiting Anchorage as members
of athletic teams, cheerleaders or other student groups representing
schools outside the district.
Out-of-District Student Travel
Out-of-district student travel by any student or group of students,
regardless of source of funding, which is either a School district academic or activity program, must have the approval of the Executive
Director or designee as outlined in School Board Policy and defined
in the Activities Handbook which is available in your school’s Activity
Office. The exceptions to this policy are (1) travel to ASAA state meets
or (2) student travel to contiguous boroughs which does not require an
overnight stay.
STUDENT SAFETY
It is a goal of the Anchorage School District to create and maintain a
safe and secure environment in our schools. To that end, each school has
in place a set of procedures and practices which are designed to provide
direction for staff and students in the event of an emergency at school.
We consider the individual student to be the best source of information
relating to dangerous or illegal activities involving other students or nonstudent sat school. We strongly encourage our students to assist us in our
efforts to keep our schools safe by reporting dangerous/illegal behavior or
items to a school staff member or parent.
Fire Drills
1. The sounding of an alarm is the signal to evacuate the building.
2. Turn off all classroom lights and close all classroom doors and
windows.
3. Move rapidly, but do not run.
4. Should you find a stairway or exit blocked, pass the word back, and
leave in an orderly way by another exit.
5. A ll students should proceed to a distance of at least 100 feet from
the building and remain there in order to give the fire fighting
equipment room to operate safely.
6. A ll students are expected to become thoroughly familiar with the
fire drill exit route posted in each room.
Earthquakes
When an earthquake shakes for a minute or two, the solid earth may
pitch and roll like the deck of a ship. The motion is frightening, but,
unless it shakes something down on you, it is harmless. Keep calm and
ride it out. Your chances of survival are good if you know how to act.
During the shaking, you should do the following:
1. Indoors
a. Remain indoors.
b. Move under sturdy furniture — desk, tables, etc.
c. Move toward the center of the building into hallways.
d. Stay away from windows or other glass objects.
e. Do not use candles, matches, or other open flames.
f. If damaged building is evacuated, do not re-enter because aftershocks may shake it down.
2. Outside of Building
a. Stay away from buildings where there is danger of falling debris.
Student/Parent HandbookII-17
b. Stay in the open away from buildings or utility wires.
c. If in moving car, stop and remain inside.
Power Outage
If a power outage should occur during school hours and there is no
other emergency, remain in school and await further instructions.
Generally the power will be restored in a short period of time and emergency lighting services can be provided.
Civil Defense Drills
PLAN A: RED ALERT — TAKE COVER
1. Close windows, doors and curtains.
2. Teachers will instruct students to walk, with books and by rows,
into halls and seat themselves against the walls or lockers. Students
should sit close enough together so that two rows will accommodate
all students from the room.
3. In case of a flash of light or an explosion, everyone should duck his/
her head and cover it with his/her hands.
4. Further instructions will be given as orders are received from the
Civil Defense Authorities.
PLAN B: IMMEDIATE DISMISSAL OF WALKING AND BUS
­STUDENTS
1. Students providing own transportation would be classed as walking students. These people are to leave from the student parking
lot only.
2. Parents wishing to pick up their children and regular riders will use
the office parking lot.
3. Dismissal from classes: Walking students will leave by rows without
running. They are to leave the building immediately and proceed
home. Teachers will, at instruction from the office, bring all remaining students to the main lower floor halls and seat them on the floor
to await further instructions.
Custody Disputes
School staff, including teachers, principals, counselors, nurses and others are sometimes asked by one parent to keep the other parent from
coming to the school to see the student, from picking up the student
after school, or from obtaining the student’s school records.
Under Alaska laws, both parents have equal rights and access to their
children and to participate in their child’s education, unless there
is a court order requiring something different. It is the policy of the
Anchorage School District that both parents are entitled to come to
their child’s school, to participate in their child’s education, and to
exercise all rights which parents have with their children.
The ASD and staff will not honor any request by one parent to keep the
other parent from the student unless they are provided with a certified
copy of a court order. The court order must clearly establish that the
other parent is not allowed to have access to the student or is restricted
or limited in some way in exercising parental rights over the student.
Lost and Found
All lost and found items of a personal nature (watches, rings, clothing,
etc.) are held in the school office. Library materials are routed to the
library and textbooks to department chairpersons. If you have lost an
item, check at the appropriate place. If you have found an item, take it to
the school office. Items turned into the office will be held for 30 school
days and then will be given to one of the local charitable organizations.
Lunch Time Student Attendance
High school campus is closed during class time and open during lunch.
Students who leave campus by automobile are legally responsible for
themselves and persons they transport from or to campus.
Medication
No medication shall be administered without proper written consent/
permission by the parent/guardian and/or physician. The school nurse
will provide you with the proper form for the type of medication. All
II-18
medications must be brought to the nurse in their original container,
labeled with the students’ name and accompanied by the proper form.
Instructions for administering medication will include identification,
quantity, purpose and possible side effects. All medications must be
delivered to the nurse by the parent/guardian unless approved by the
nurse or school administration. Students are prohibited from carrying
any medications on school grounds except for certain emergency medications
by prearrangement with the nurse and physician. The school nurse will
dispense all prescription and non-prescription medications. If the nurse
is absent or not available, a responsible trained alternate may dispense
as allowed by the Alaska Nurse Practice Act. Certain medications
may not be delegated and alternate accommodations will be arranged.
Medication administration is dependent upon the nurse’s discretion
and observation of possible adverse reactions or interactions and may
be referred to the physician as needed to insure the safety of the student
during school hours. Expired medications and/or medical supplies
will not be used by ASD; parent/guardian must supply current
medications and supplies at all times. Please be sure to provide the
school with a current Epinephrine auto-injector (epipen) for any school
field trip. Homeopathic and herbal medications will not be given at
school due to prohibition by the Alaska Nurse Practice Act.
Nurse
Students becoming ill during the school day must report to the nurse. If
it is necessary to go home or to a doctor, the nurse will inform the parent/guardian and the student will be released from school. (If you have
any questions regarding your health, feel free to see the school nurse.)
Students leaving due to illness without properly checking out will be
counted as truant from those classes missed. Any student needing to take
medication during the school day must have the medication administered
by the school nurse. Medication forms are available from your doctor, the
school office or at www.asdk12.org/depts/health. These must be filled
out completely so that medication may be safely given during school
hours, incomplete forms will not be accepted.
School nurses also conduct height, weight, health, vision, and hearing
screening, and tuberculosis testing in certain grades/ages as required by
state law or board policy or if there is reason to suspect a problem.
Responsibility for Personal Property
The Anchorage School District is not responsible for the damage,
theft or loss of personal property on school grounds. Individuals are
cautioned not to bring large sums of money, electronic devices or other
valuables onto school grounds or place them in their locker.
School Crisis Plan
Each school team has developed a crisis plan which is updated annually and is designed to address sudden, traumatic events which effect
that school community. Such events might include, but are not limited
to: death of a student or staff member, situations which would require
a building lockdown or evacuation, or an emergency condition not
covered in other drill procedures. Each Crisis Plan is written to reflect
the particular needs of that school’s population, is designed around the
conditions and resources of the individual school, and is available for
inspection. Contact the school principal or designee.
School Lockers
Lockers are available to students and assigned at the beginning of the
school year. Lockers must be kept locked at all times and the combination
of your locker must remain personal. Damage to the locker or lock may
be charged against the student to whom the locker is assigned. As lockers
are the property of the school, they may be examined by school officials as
established in the Student Rights and Responsibility document.
Student Accidents
All students are encouraged to purchase accident insurance through
their regular family insurance agent. The Anchorage School District
does not carry accident insurance to cover students. Any accident
SECTION II: District High School Guidelines
on school property (including buses) must be reported to the school
immediately. Failure to do so could jeopardize coverage under your
accident policy.
Student Dress
Apparel, jewelry, accessories or grooming which implies or indicates
that a person is a member of a prohibited group or a gang is prohibited
at school or at school activities. Student attire must be clean, not hazardous to the safety of themselves or others, and shall not detract from
the required educational environment. Students should check the dress
guidelines for their school.
Student Injuries and Insurance
Anchorage School District makes every effort to prevent injuries to
students and has implemented a very effective accident prevention program. Despite our best efforts, there are still occasions when students
get injured at school. It is important that you understand that we do not
provide medical insurance coverage for school accidents. This means that
you are responsible for the medical bills if your child gets hurt during
school activities. In an effort to provide you with affordable, effective
accident/health insurance, the district does provide information about
affordable options for coverage for students. Insurance plans for students
are available through Myers-Stevens & Toohey & Co. Call 800-8274695 or visit www.asdk12.org for more information.
Student Parking
Students driving to school and parking on school grounds must register
with school and obtain a parking permit. Parking permits are $55.00
per semester. Vehicles parked on school grounds without parking permits are subject to fines and may be towed at the expense of the owner
of the vehicle. Visitors to campus must obtain a visitor parking permit
from the office. Students may lose their parking privilege for a violation
of State, Local, ASD, or Student policy.
Victims' Rights
One provision of No Child Left Behind is called the Unsafe Schools
Choice Option. Under this portion of the law, students who become
victims of a violent crime while on school grounds have the right to
request a transfer to one of two schools indicated by the district. The
district, however, is not required to provide transportation. If such an
incident occurs, and the school’s investigation shows that a student is
a victim of a violent crime as defined by the law, parents will receive
notification and information regarding the transfer application process.
PARENT INVOLVEMENT
Parents play a critical role in the education of their children. Parental
involvement in its various forms positively impacts student achievement.
The Anchorage School District is committed to continuing strong partnerships with parents in the education of their children. The No Child Left
Behind Act acknowledges the importance of parental involvement as well
and requires that schools provide parents with a copy of the district’s school
board policy on parental involvement. Our policy is below. If you have any
questions on or suggestions for how parents can be involved, please don’t
hesitate to contact the principal.
Parent Involvement
Given the key role of parents in promoting effective schooling, the
Anchorage School District administration will assist schools in developing comprehensive, continuing programs of parent involvement at
all grade levels. The district will provide welcoming opportunities for
parent participation in resolving concerns. The major goal is to promote greater student success in all curricular areas by making schools
and parents more productive partners in their children’s education.
To support the mission of Anchorage schools to educate all students
for success in life, schools and parents must work as knowledgeable,
respectful partners.
a. Definition
The term “parental involvement” means the participation of parents
in regular, two-way meaningful communication involving student
academic learning and other school activities, including providing
opportunities and support for the following:
1. That parents play an important role in supporting their child’s
learning and the overall educational program and environment
of the school;
2. That parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their
child’s education at school and at home; and
3. That parents are full partners in their child’s education and are
included, as appropriate, in decision-making and on advisory
committees to assist in the education of their child. The district
shall provide full opportunities for the participation of all parents, including those with limited English proficiency, parents
with disabilities, and parents of migratory children.
b. Planning
A s part of their annual improvement planning, schools and the
district, with the involvement of parents, will develop and evaluate
comprehensive plans for parent involvement. These plans should be
designed to detail ways in which the district or school will:
1. Involve parents in developing district or school improvement
plans
2. Offer technical assistance and coordination to help schools plan
parent involvement activities to improve student and school academic performance
3. Build school and parent capacities for strong parent involvement
4. Coordinate and integrate parent involvement strategies with
other programs
5. A nnually evaluate with parents the effectiveness of the policy as
implemented in each school and the district in achieving academic improvement. The evaluation must include identification
of barriers to parent involvement, especially barriers to parents
who are economically disadvantaged, disabled, have limited
English proficiency, have limited literacy, or belong to a racial or
ethnic minority.
c. School and District Responsibilities
1. Help parents understand state and local assessment of their children’s progress and how to monitor progress and work with educators
2. Provide parents with materials and training to improve their
children’s achievement, such as literacy training, use of technology, and enhancing parenting skills
3. Educate teachers, administrators, and other school staff about
the value of and methods of reaching out to parents as equal
partners
4. To the extent practicable, ensure that information about school
and parent programs is in a format and language parents can
understand.
d. District Support
The District will support schools and programs in their efforts by
doing the following:
1. Publicizing its commitment to parent involvement in the public
schools
2. Identifying promising programs and practices related to parent
involvement.
3. Targeting funds for the development of programs, demonstration projects, and evaluations
Student/Parent HandbookII-19
4. Providing technical assistance and support to develop effective
parent involvement programs by doing the following:
A. Sharing information and research on parent involvement and
effective practices;
B. Developing in-service education programs on cultural awareness and parent involvement for teachers, administrators, and
parents that will assist in meeting the individual needs of
diverse cultural and linguistic populations; and
C. Working with colleges and universities that train teachers
and administrators to develop effective pre-service programs
in school and family connections.
5. Complying with state and federal parent involvement requirements; and
6. Providing ongoing follow-up and evaluation of the parent involvement efforts as required
7. The superintendent or designee will develop a method for measuring and reporting the results of each school’s annual evaluation.
FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords
parents and students 18 years of age or older (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. These rights
are as follows:
1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records
within 45 days of the day the school receives a request for access.
Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal
[or appropriate school official] a written request that identifies
the record(s) they wish to inspect. The school official will make
arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of
the time and place where the records may be inspected. A copying
fee will be charged in the amount of $0.35 per page if copies are
desired.
2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education
records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate
or misleading. Parents or eligible students may ask the school to
amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They
should write the school principal [or appropriate official], clearly
identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why
it is inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend
the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the school
will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise
them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures
will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of
the right to a hearing.
3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the
extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One
exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure
to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school
official is a person employed by the school as an administrator,
supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health
or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person
serving on the School Board; a person or company with whom the
school has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney,
auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); a contractor, consultant,
or other outside party to whom the District has outsourced services
or functions that it would otherwise use employees to perform,
provided that the outside party is under the direct control of the
District with respect to use and maintenance of education records
and subject to the same conditions governing use and disclosure
of those records, or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting
another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school
official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to
review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional
responsibility.
a. Upon request, the school discloses education records without
consent to officials of another school district or post-secondary
institution in which a student is enrolled or seeks to enroll.
b. Additionally, by September 15 of each year, the district will pro-
II-20
vide to the University of Alaska a list of names and addresses of
students in the graduating class who meet scholarship eligibility
requirements for each scholarship program.
c. A lso, on or after October 1 of each year, as required by law, the
district will provide to the military names, addresses, and telephone listings of juniors and seniors in high school.
d. Release of a student’s name to the University of Alaska or to
military recruiters will not be made if the parent or eligible student objects. A parent’s objection should be made in writing to
the school principal using the Release and Disclosure of Directory Information Form.
e. State law requires ASD to provide information about the eligibility of high school seniors for the Alaska Performance Scholarships. In addition to contact information, eligibility criteria disclosed to the State of Alaska includes scholarship eligibility level,
grade point average, standardized test scores, course completion,
and current enrollment status. This reporting is mandatory and
occurs after graduation. The eligibility, or ineligibility, of all high
school seniors will be disclosed to the State of Alaska.
4. T he right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of
Education concerning alleged failures by the school to comply with
the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office
that administers FERPA are:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-5920
(202) 260-3887
SECTION II: District High School Guidelines
Section III
Statement of Rights and Responsibilities
The Anchorage School District Statement of Rights and Responsibilities is
School Board policy. In case of conflict between the Statement of Rights
and Responsibilities and other District policy or procedure, the Statement
of Rights and Responsibilities governs. The following rules, regulations
and due process procedures are designed to protect all members of the
school community and the Anchorage School District in the exercise of
their rights and duties. They must be implemented consistent with state
and federal law.
Note: Students with disabilities refers to both students with identified disabilities and students with suspected disabilities. A student with suspected
disabilities may assert the rights and protections of a student with identified
disabilities. The circumstances under which a student will be deemed to be a
student with suspected disabilities and the additional rights and protections
under state and federal law provided to a student with disabilities are summarized in Appendix A-1.
Preamble
This policy and the rules and regulations of each school are the laws of that
school community. Students, parents and staff all have responsibilities as
members of a school community. Each must, to the extent consistent with
state and federal law, do the following:
1. Respect and follow the laws of the school community;
2. Respect the rights of other members of that community; and
3. Help meet educational goals through cooperation.
Disciplinary action can range from an oral warning to expulsion. The ASD
will try to apply discipline that is progressive in most situations. However,
the disciplinary action applied in any particular case will depend upon
the specific circumstances, and ASD reserves the right to apply whatever
disciplinary action is appropriate in each case. The appropriate level of
discipline requires professional judgment and should be based on an individualized evaluation of the conduct and the student involved. The factors
that may be considered include, but are not limited to the following:
1. The potential for harm;
2. The student’s prior disciplinary record; or lack of any prior offense;
3. Discipline imposed on others in similar situations;
4. Maintaining an appropriate educational environment;
5. Other relevant factors or circumstances; and
6. For students with disabilities the determination as to whether disciplinary action or another consequence is the appropriate corrective action
must be consistent with Appendix A-1 and state and federal law.
Due Process
Every student has a right to due process. Discipline should be fair and
reasonable. Before any disciplinary action is taken, a student will be given
“due process,” which is an opportunity to do the following:
1. Find out what the school thinks the student did wrong;
2. Present the student’s side of the story.
3. A student with a disability is entitled to the same opportunity as described in Par. 2, with the provision for reasonable accommodations
consistent with the child’s IEP or 504 plan and the rights and protections pursuant to the IDEA or Section 504.
Non-Discrimination
This Statement of Rights and Responsibilities will be enforced fairly and
uniformly without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex
or gender, sexual orientation, or disability.
Jurisdiction
The following rules apply on school grounds, at school activities on and off
school grounds, on school buses, and at school bus stops. These rules also
apply to acts that:
1. Begin on school grounds and end off school grounds; or
2. Begin off school grounds and continue on school grounds;
3. Pose a likelihood of disruption of education or conduct at the school; or
4. Occur when the student is on the way to school or leaving school.
In addition, students may be disciplined for behavior on or off school
grounds that takes place at any time if the behavior clearly has negative
consequences for the welfare, safety, or morals of other students or a person employed or volunteering at the school. The District should not exercise this jurisdiction with respect to conduct that has little or no actual or
likely impact on the school community.
Note: AS 14.30.045. (Revised 6/14/99)
Rights, Responsibilities and Limitations
A student who engages in any prohibited conduct or fails to abide by any
requirement of this Statement of Rights and Responsibilities shall be subject to appropriate corrective action which can range from a verbal warning to expulsion. No system of rules can provide for every situation, and
the District may prohibit and discipline other offenses not specifically listed that interfere with the education, safety, welfare, or morals of students,
employees, or volunteers. .
Students Experiencing Disabilities
Students with disabilities are expected to follow the standards of behavior as described in this Statement of Rights and Responsibilities unless
their IEP/504 plans (or behavior intervention plans) provide otherwise.
Whether the corrective action for a student with disabilities who is found
to have violated these standards of behaviors is discipline or some other
consequence must be determined in accordance with the provisions of Appendix A-1. A copy of the additional rights of students with disabilities set
forth in the Notice of Procedural Safeguards and 504 policy is available
from the Anchorage School District Special Education Department or the
school principal.
A. Student Behavior / Prohibited Conduct
1. Accessory to an Act (Aiding, Inciting, or Encouraging Prohibited
Conduct) Acting as an accomplice or in any way aiding, assisting, facilitating, or encouraging the preparation, instigation, commission or
aftermath of prohibited conduct is prohibited. A student with knowledge or information regarding a potential or actual criminal or violent
act within the jurisdiction of the district should immediately report
such information to a teacher, counselor, school administrator, or other school employee. Failure to report direct personal knowledge of a
criminal or violent act may be considered facilitation of the act where
the student fails to take a clear opportunity to prevent or minimize the
act. Attendance to observe a prohibited act may constitute a violation
of this policy.
2. Arson/Fire Damaging or attempting to damage property by the setting of fire, the causing of an explosion, or trying to start a fire or
explosion is prohibited.
3. A ssault Intentionally or recklessly causing or threatening physical injury to another person or placing another person in fear of immediate
physical injury is assault and is prohibited. A student who assaults a
staff member will usually be placed on emergency suspension and be
recommended for expulsion for a presumptive period of one year.
4. Attempt Attempting to commit a punishable act, even if that attempt
is not ultimately completed or successful, is prohibited.
5. Attendance Students enrolled in the Anchorage School District must
attend school every day as required by municipal and state law and
School Board rules. Student failure to attend a regularly scheduled class
without being officially excused is prohibited.
6. Before and After School Restrictions A student must not remain on
school grounds before or after the regular school day unless the student
Student/Parent HandbookIII-1
is directly involved in a supervised, approved school activity. Students
must arrive at school and be picked up from school at times established
by the principal. Students who are on school property at an unauthorized time may be disciplined for trespass. Outside school hours, school
grounds are available for public use when not in use for school activities or under a Facilities Use Permit. However, the principal may close
school grounds for a reasonable period before and after school.
7. Cell Phones/Electronic Communication Devices
Conditions of Use:
A student may possess a cellular telephone or other electronic communication device (ECD) (e.g., paging device/beepers, personal digital
assistants, and other devices designed to receive and send an electronic
signal) in school, on school property, at after school activities, and at
school-related functions as long as such activity does not interfere with
educational processes or safety/security. As a condition of this permission, the student assumes all risk of loss, damage or theft of the cellular
phone or other ECD.
High school students (grades 9-12) are permitted to use cellular
phones and other ECDs before and after school and during the student’s
lunch period. Elementary and middle school students (grades K-8) are
permitted to use cellular phones and other ECD’s only before and after
school.
Cellular telephones and other ECDs must remain off and put away at
all other times during the school day. Exceptions may be made in special
circumstances with prior approval from the principal or designee. A student may not use a cellular telephone or other ECD at any time if disruptive of other students’ instructional time.
During school and school-sponsored activities, students will comply
with administrative or staff member directives relating to the use of cellular phones and other ECDs.
Prohibited Conduct:
Possession of a cellular telephone or other ECD by a student is a privilege, which may be forfeited by any student who fails to abide by the
terms of this policy, or otherwise engages in misuse of the device so as to
violate the law or any other school or District rule. In addition to those
conduct rules set forth elsewhere, the following violations may result in
disciplinary action:
1. Accessing and/or viewing an Internet site that is otherwise blocked to
students at school.
2. Sending an email, text message or other communication that harasses, intimidates, threatens, bullies, or discriminates against another individual.
3. Using a camera device at school or a school-sponsored event to take,
send, download or upload a harassing, threatening, or embarrassing
photograph of anyone.
4. Using a camera in a restroom, dressing room, or locker room.
5. Using a camera or other recording device to record or capture the
content of tests, assessments, homework, or classwork without express prior permission from the instructor.
6. Using an ECD in a manner that could cause damage to an individual or the school community or create the danger of disruption of the
academic environment.
The contents of a cellular phone, camera, or other ECD may be
searched to determine ownership, to identify emergency contacts, or
upon reasonable suspicion that a school or District rule or the law has
been violated.
A cellular telephone or ECD that has been confiscated and not turned
over to law enforcement will be released/returned to the parent/guardian when no longer necessary for investigation or disciplinary proceedings. As appropriate, the cellular telephone or ECD may be returned
directly to the student.
(Cell Phone/ECDs Section Revised 6/23/08, 5/20/13)
8. Cooperate with School Personnel Students must obey the instructions of all school district personnel. Refusal to comply with a reasonable request by a staff member is willful disobedience and is prohibited.
III-2
9. Criminal Acts The commission of, or participation in, any criminal activity is prohibited. Criminal acts are defined in detail under the laws of
the State of Alaska. The District may take disciplinary action regardless
of whether or not criminal charges or prosecution result from the act.
The District may find a violation of District policy and is not bound by
the criminal elements of a specific crime as identified in state law.
Note: AS 14.30.045(5)
10. Dangerous Actions Actions that are likely to create a substantial risk
of injury, damage or disruption to persons or property are prohibited.
11. Dangerous Materials/Objects Possession or bringing to school or
a school activity any material or object that jeopardizes the safety or
welfare of people under District jurisdiction or that disrupt the educational process is prohibited. These materials or objects include airsoft
gun*, cap gun, other weapon look-alike, Mace®, pepper spray, bear
spray, flammable, or other hazardous chemicals or chemical products,
caps, bullets, laser pens or pointers, and other potentially dangerous
or disruptive items.
*Note: An “airsoft gun” is defined as a firearm replica manufactured for recreational purposes that propels plastic pellets at fairly low velocity by way of a
compressed gas or a spring-driven pistol.
12. Discrimination/Harassment/Bullying The Anchorage School District affirms the right of all students and employees to pursue their education or occupation with dignity in a safe environment. It is the policy
of the District to maintain learning and working environments that
are free from discrimination, harassment, hazing, and related violence.
The learning environment in District schools must be structured to
reflect diverse cultural traditions and their contributions. The District
will not tolerate any behaviors that ridicule, harass, intimidate, or otherwise threaten or discriminate against students, staff, or community
members. The District will investigate all complaints of discrimination or harassment regardless of whether the complaint is formal or
informal, verbal or written. The District will discipline any student or
employee who discriminates against or harasses a student, employee,
or community member. A false or frivolous accusation made under
this policy may result in disciplinary action against the accuser.
a. Discrimination and Harassment Defined
Discrimination: Discrimination is the display of unlawful partiality
or prejudice towards others.
Harassment: Harassment is a single act or course of conduct
directed toward an individual or group of people that serves no
legitimate purpose other than to annoy, intimidate, frighten, alarm,
torment, or abuse that person or group.
Examples of violations of this discrimination and harassment policy
may include but are not limited to the following:
(1) Making demeaning remarks directly or indirectly, such as namecalling, racial slurs or “jokes”; or
(2) Physically threatening or harming an individual; or
(3) Displaying discriminatory or harassing visual or written materials; or
(4) Defacing, damaging, or destroying property or materials; or
(5) Performing any other act that is clearly discriminatory or harassing in nature; because of a person’s race, creed, sex or gender,
national origin, age, marital status, political or religious beliefs,
physical or mental disabilities, family, social, or cultural background, or sexual orientation.
Sexual Harassment: Sexual harassment consists of unwelcome sexual
conduct, including advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical conduct or other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature when:
(1) Submission to that conduct or communication is made a term or
condition, either expressed or implied, of obtaining or retaining
employment or of obtaining an education; or
(2) Submission to or rejection of that conduct or communication by
an individual is used as a factor in decisions affecting an individual’s employment, education, grades, or participation in any
school activities; or
SECTION III: Rights and Responsibilities
(3) That conduct or communication has the purpose or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with an individual’s employment or education, or creating an intimidating, hostile or
offensive employment or education environment.
Examples of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to, the following:
(1) Sexually oriented verbal harassment or abuse;
(2) Subtle pressure for sexual activity;
(3) Sexually inappropriate patting or pinching;
(4) Intentional brushing against a student’s or employee’s or community member’s body;
(5) Demanding sexual favors accompanied by implied or overt
threats concerning an individual’s employment or educational
status;
(6) Any sexually motivated unwelcome touching; or
(7) Sexual violence that is a physical act of aggression that includes a
sexual act or sexual purpose.
Disability Related Harassment: Disability related harassment consists of
any harassment (as defined above under Item 11.a directed toward a
person with a disability).
b. Cyberbullying
An act of cyberbullying is prohibited and will result in disciplinary
action. Cyberbullying encompasses any of the already prohibited
actions – such as bullying, discrimination, or harassment – accomplished through electronic means. “Electronic means” include, but
are not limited to, information and communication technologies
such as email, voice mail, cell phone and pager text messages,
instant messaging (IM), personal Web sites, Weblogs, and online
personal polling Web sites.
Examples of cyberbullying include:
1. Posting slurs or rumors or other disparaging remarks about a student or staff member on any Web site or Weblog;
2. Sending email or instant messages that are harassing or threatening;
3. Taking and sending an unauthorized and unwanted photograph
of a student or staff member.
The District will discipline a student the district determines has engaged in cyberbullying that takes place on school grounds, at any
school-sponsored activity, on school-provided transportation or at
any official school bus stop, through the use of the District Internet
system or on any District equipment, or at any time off-campus if the
cyberbullying causes or threatens to cause a substantial and material
disruption at school or interference with a student’s education or security.
c. Reporting Procedures
Students who believe they have experienced an act of harassment or
discrimination by another student, employee, or community
member should report the matter immediately to a staff member.
The school principal or designee shall investigate the issue and
advise the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Office. In
addition, students may also report the incident to the EEO Office
directly and may also report the incident to an outside agency, e.g.,
the Municipality of Anchorage Equal Rights Commission, the
Office of the Ombudsman, the Alaska State Commission for
Human Rights, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission, or the United States Office for Civil Rights.
(Discrimination & Harassment Section Revised 6/25/01)
13. Disruptive Behavior Disruptive behavior or appearance that interferes with the normal school program, the educational process, or the
lawful activities of others is prohibited.
14. Disruptive Items (Radios, Tape Decks, Toys, etc.) School lockers
are not secure enough to store portable radios, walkmans, tape recorders, beepers, cellular phones, play back devices, TV sets, CD players, or
other expensive items. Students who bring these items to school do so
at their own risk. Use of these items, or any other items, in a manner
that disrupts others or interferes with or disturbs the education of the
student or others is prohibited. Additional restrictions may apply at
individual schools regarding the possession or inappropriate use of frisbees, hackeysacks, skateboards, basketballs, and other toys, electronic
devices, or game equipment.
15. Drugs and Alcohol
a. The actual or attempted sale, distribution, use, or possession of alcohol, prohibited drugs or inhalants, drug paraphernalia, substances
that are designed to look or act like prohibited drugs or alcohol, or
substances purported to be prohibited drugs or alcohol, while the
student is under the jurisdiction of the District is prohibited. Students who sell, attempt to sell, or use these substances or paraphernalia off school grounds and who then arrive at or return to school or
school-sponsored activities will be subject to suspension and/or alternative placement.
b. Prohibited drugs defined:
1. Illegal drugs, which includes any drug or chemical substance, the
use, sale, or possession of which is prohibited under any local,
state, or federal law; or any drug or chemical substance that can
be legally obtained but which has been obtained through illegal
means.
2. A lternatives to illegal drugs such as designer or synthetic drugs,
whether or not prohibited by law, which include, but are not limited to: herbal or plant products with properties that impair, restrict or alter normal cognitive function (such as salvia); herbal or
chemical products containing synthetic marijuana (such as K2 or
Spice) or synthetic cocaine or methamphetamine (such as bath
salts); and any substance purported to, designed to, or which does
impair, restrict, or alter normal cognitive function when absorbed, ingested, injected, or inhaled.
3. Prescription drugs that are not legally obtained or prescribed, are
not being used for the prescribed purpose, are being used in excess of the prescribed amount, are being used by other than the
person to whom prescribed, or are being sold, traded or distributed.
Note: Whether the corrective action for students with disabilities for drug or
alcohol violations is discipline or some other consequence, must be determined
in accordance with the provisions of Appendix A-1 rather than the procedures
set forth below.
Cumulative Nature of Violations: A violation of the District’s policy on
Drugs and Alcohol will constitute a prior offense that will carry over from
year to year and will subject the student to greater discipline for a later
violation.
Sanctions:
(1) First offense for use or possession:
(a) Ten (10) days suspension from school.
(b) Referral to the Drugs/Alcohol Suspension Program. Students may reduce their suspension by up to five (5) days by
meeting specific criteria for the program.
(c) Required parent/guardian and student conference with the
school principal or designee prior to readmission to school.
(2) Second offense for use or possession:
(a) A violation occurring within the span of three full school
years after the year a previous violation occurs will result in a
placement to an alternative learning center for a time period
of not less than 45-days.
(b) A violation occurring more than three full school years after
the year in which a prior offense occurred will be disciplined
as a first offense.
(c) A school year is defined as July 1 to June 30.
(3) Third offense for use or possession:
(a) A third offense will result in a permanent placement to an
alternative learning center for the remainder of the student’s
Anchorage School district career.
(4) The first offense for the sale, attempted sale, or distribution of
Student/Parent HandbookIII-3
prohibited substances will result in a placement to an alternative
learning center for a time period of not less than 45-days. A
second violation for the sale or attempted sale of prohibited substances will result in a permanent placement to an alternative
learning center for the remainder of the student’s Anchorage
School District career.
(5) The District may also refer any use, possession, or sale of drugs or
alcohol, or any attempt, to the police.
c. Use or possession of over-the-counter drugs, prescription drugs prescribed to that student, vitamins, and other nutritional supplements
is subject to control by the District. Such items must be turned over
to the school nurse or designated staff person and used only under
school supervision. Asthma inhalers and auto-injectable epinephrine
may be kept and used by students with permission from the principal
following submission of required documentation for the self-administration of medication. This documentation, and procedures for its
completion, are available at the school office and must be submitted
each school year. By law, the District is not liable for accidents, injuries, illness, or death related to the self-administration of medication
by a student. Violations of this paragraph are subject to disciplinary
action and may be subject to the cumulative violation policies described above. Disciplinary action may not limit or restrict a student’s
immediate access to a prescribed asthma inhaler or auto-injectable
epinephrine. (Revised 8/18/14)
Note: AS 14.30.141
16. Excessive Display of Affection Excessive display of affection is prohibited.
17. Extortion or Blackmail Obtaining money or property by violence,
threats of violence, untrue accusations, or public ridicule is prohibited.
18. Failure to Identify Self All students in school buildings, on school
grounds, or at school-sponsored events must, upon request, identify
themselves to school district personnel or their designee. Student failure to provide his or her correct name, address, and parent contact
number upon such request is prohibited.
19. False Alarm / Bomb Threat Activating or raising a false alarm, tampering with the fire alarm system, or knowingly making a false report
of fire or other emergency is prohibited. Bomb threats and other threats
of harm are also prohibited.
20. False Impersonation Students may not claim to be someone else with
the intent to deceive school personnel, other students, or members of
the community, or in connection with any school district activity or
function.
21. False Information/False Witness/Lying The presentation of information or testimony (oral or written) that is knowingly misleading,
untrue, or knowingly misrepresenting facts, or an actual attempt to
defraud or lie is prohibited.
22. Forgery/Cheating Students may not make, alter, or possess a document that the student knows to be false or forged. Students may not
claim the work of others as their own. Cheating is prohibited.
23. Fighting/Physical Violence Fighting and physical violence, which
include any instigation or starting of violence or actual violence in
which striking, kicking, shoving, pushing, and /or any other physical
contact of a violent nature is used against another person are prohibited. When two or more students are involved in any verbal or physical
fight or altercation, all parties may be subject to suspension or expulsion.
Note: Whether the corrective action for students with disabilities for serious
bodily injury is discipline or some other consequence, must be determined in
accordance with the provisions of Appendix A-1 rather than the procedures set
forth below.
Active participation in a fight, beyond self-defense as defined below,
may result in suspension even if it can be shown that a different person
started the fight.
Self Defense: A student may claim self-defense only if the student acted
under a reasonable belief that action taken by the student to protect him
or herself was necessary to avoid injury, and other alternatives, including
III-4
means of assistance or retreat, were not reasonably available. The student
must use the minimum force necessary to escape injury. A claim of selfdefense may be rejected if the force used in the alleged self-defense is
disproportionate to the force used by the other person. A student who
started the fight or altercation or who inappropriately provoked the
other student’s conduct may not claim self-defense.
Intervention: Physical intervention to stop a fight generally increases the
risk of injury and is strongly discouraged. An intervener who participates in a fight is subject to long-term suspension or expulsion.
24. Fireworks/Explosives The possession or use of fireworks, explosives
and/or incendiary devices on school property is prohibited.
25. Inappropriate Sexual Behavior Inappropriate sexual behaviors are
prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, de-panting or attempting to de-pant a student, indecent exposure, and entering an opposite
sex locker room or restroom facility.
26. Internet /Email or Network/ Computer Misuse Students are required to use school computers, school or district networks, and the
Internet system in an appropriate manner. Inappropriate use of computers, school or district networks, Internet, email, ASD equipment
used in ASD facilities, or at/for ASD events, is prohibited. Inappropriate use may include, but is not limited to, the following:
• Accessing, sending or displaying offensive messages or pictures
• Using obscene language
• Harassing, demeaning, defaming, insulting, threatening or attacking
others
• Violating copyright laws
• Using another’s password, impersonating another person
• Trespassing in another’s folders, work or files
• Deliberately damaging hardware or software
• Employing the ASD or school network for commercial purposes
• Using district computers for illegal activities
• Plagiarism (claiming work done by someone else as one’s own)
Violations may result in a loss of computer, network, and email privileges, withdrawal from or failing computer-related class(es), as well as
other disciplinary or legal action including recommendation for suspension and/or expulsion.
27. Littering Leaving or discarding trash anywhere except in an appropriate receptacle is prohibited.
28. Obscenity/Profanity Students are to use discretion in their choice
of language. Profane or inappropriate language or gestures are prohibited. Prohibited language includes spoken or written profanities and
obscene or sexual messages (implicit or explicit).
29. Prohibited Organizations and Groups
a. Groups that start, advocate, or promote activities that threaten the
safety or well being of persons or property at school or at school activities and/or are determined to be detrimental to the educational
program of the school are prohibited. Apparel, jewelry, accessories or
grooming that implies or indicates a person is a member of a prohibited group is prohibited at school and at school activities.
b. Participation in activities such as initiation, hazing, intimidation or
in activities designed to create group affiliation that can cause bodily
harm or mental or emotional harm is prohibited.
c. Persons who display symbols of prohibited groups or who participate
in activities identified with prohibited groups or who participate in
activities that intimidate another student are subject to disciplinary
action.
d. Groups that behave in the manner described in this section will be
defined as gangs. Gang behavior is prohibited at school and school
activities.
30. Reckless or Unsafe Behavior Any action that jeopardizes the safety
and/or welfare of one’s self or others is prohibited.
31. Smoking/Tobacco Use, sale, or possession of tobacco in any form by
students, including students who are 19 years of age or older, while
under the jurisdiction of the school is prohibited.
SECTION III: Rights and Responsibilities
32. Theft/Robbery Robbery, theft, attempted theft, or possession of stolen property by students is prohibited.
33. Th reats Willfully attempting or threatening to inflict injury on another person while under District jurisdiction is prohibited. A student
threatening a staff member may be placed on emergency suspension
with a possible recommendation for expulsion.
34. Trespass Entering or remaining on school property at an unauthorized time or at a school-sponsored activity without permission is considered trespass and is prohibited. During school hours, a student must
have authorization to be on the property of a school where the student
is not enrolled. Any student suspended or expelled from ASD is not allowed on any school property or at any school activity on or off school
property, except that eligible students may attend those programs authorized by the School Board for expelled or long-term suspended students if the student is enrolled in that program. Suspended or expelled
students may also attend a specific activity with the explicit written
permission of the principal or assistant principal.
35. Vandalism/Destruction of Property/Pranks Removing, misusing,
destroying, defacing, or mutilating objects or materials belonging to
the school, school personnel, or other persons is prohibited.
36. Weapons and Firearms Weapons and firearms: Students shall not
carry on their person, or place anywhere on school property, or in the
vicinity of a school sponsored event, any firearms or other weapons,
except as assigned to students for, and used during, a regular course
of instruction or authorized activity. However, if in a regular course
of instruction or during an authorized activity, a weapon is used in an
unauthorized manner, the student will be in violation of this provision. Students found with weapons, or look-alike weapons of any kind,
while subject to the jurisdiction of the school are subject to suspension
or expulsion and arrest.
Weapons include, but are not limited to, firearms*, pellet and BB guns,
air guns, spring guns, zip guns, stun guns, shockers, bombs or other
explosives, poison, dangerous or deadly gas, slingshots, bludgeons,
throwing stars, knives, clubs, brass knuckles or artificial knuckles of
any kind, numchucks and throwing weapons.
Note:. Whether the corrective action for students with disabilities for possession of weapons is discipline or some other consequence, must be determined in
accordance with the provisions of Appendix A-1 rather than the procedures set
forth below.
* Note: A “firearm” is defined as: (1) any weapon (including a starter gun)
which will or is designed to, or may readily be converted, to expel a projectile
by the action of an explosive; (2) the frame or receiver of any such weapon;
(3) any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; or (4) any destructive device. A
“ destructive device” is an explosive, incendiary, poison gas, bomb, grenade,
rocket, missile, or any other similar device. 18 U.S.C. § 921.
a. Any student who is determined to have brought a firearm to a school,
or a school related activity, will be expelled from school for a period
of not less than one year.
b. A ny student who is determined to have brought a deadly weapon
other than a firearm to school, or a school-related activity, will be
suspended for a period of not less than 30 days.
c. The Superintendent, on a case-by-case basis, may determine whether
a lesser expulsion or suspension period is appropriate. This modification may include removal from the student’s present school setting
and a placement in an alternative educational setting and/or program.
d. Reinstatement of the student to a school program will only be recommended by the Superintendent to the School Board after the student has met the conditions of reinstatement as follows: The student
must submit a letter of application for reinstatement to the Superintendent that includes a statement from a forensic psychologist that
the student will not pose a danger or threat to students or staff while
attending classes or other school-sponsored activities.
After a full review of the reinstatement application, the Superintendent will make a recommendation to the School Board as to
whether to reinstate the student and under what specific conditions
the student may be reinstated.
e. Possession of a weapon other than a firearm or deadly weapon is prohibited and will result in disciplinary action.
37. Willful Disobedience Refusal or failure to comply with a reasonable request made by staff is prohibited. In addition, a student may not
disobey applicable rules that the student knows or should know. This
includes, but is not limited to, classroom rules, rules for appropriate bus
conduct, rules for use of the Internet and email, and rules for extracurricular activities and athletics.
B. Search and Seizure
The following rules shall apply to search and seizure of students and school
property assigned to them (e.g., lockers, desks):
a. All searches, other than random, administrative, and emergency searches
described in this section must be based on reasonable cause and should
take place in the presence of the student and a third person, unless the
student’s presence cannot be obtained within a reasonable amount of
time under the circumstances or if there is a threat to life or property.
The search will be conducted in a respectful, organized manner that
shows respect for the student and his or her possessions. At the discretion of the principal or designee, the police or other law enforcement
authority may be called to conduct the search or seizure. In that case,
any searches or seizures will be at the direction of the law enforcement
officer, and the procedures in this section do not apply.
b. L ockers and desks Random Searches: The school administration retains
control over lockers and desk space assigned to students. The District
retains the right to conduct random searches of student lockers or desk
space and their contents at any time. All lockers and/or desks may be
searched, or a smaller number chosen by random selection may be
searched. Notices of the right of the District to conduct this type of
search are posted in prominent locations in each school. In addition,
students will be notified at least once each semester that such searches
will be conducted at the discretion of the school principal. The District
may or may not, at its discretion, give prior notice that a random search
will take place. The purpose of such a search is to determine student
compliance with school regulations and local, state, and federal laws.
The search will not be more intrusive than reasonably necessary to meet
the objectives of the search. The search will be conducted in a respectful, organized manner showing respect for the student and his or her
possessions.
Note: AS 14.03.105
Searches Based on Reasonable Cause: The school principal or designee
has the right and duty to inspect and search a student’s locker or desk
and their contents if there is reasonable cause to believe that drugs; alcohol; weapons; dangerous, illegal, or prohibited matter; or stolen goods
are likely to be found within the area searched. Reasonable cause to
search will exist when, based on all the facts and circumstances, there is
cause to believe that the search will turn up evidence that the student
has violated or is violating the law or the rules of the school. No search
based on reasonable cause shall be conducted without attempting to
inform the person possessing the property to be searched, except if the
suspected possession poses threat to life or property. School authorities
will make a reasonable effort to contact the student’s parent or guardian
to give the parents or guardians a reasonable opportunity to be present
during the search.
c. Automobiles The school principal or designee may search automobiles
that are parked on school grounds if he or she wishes to establish whether
drugs, alcohol, weapons, dangerous or illegal materials, or stolen goods
may be located within the vehicle. All students utilizing the privilege of
parking on school grounds have consented to such a search under the
terms and conditions of their Parking Permits. All vehicles parked on
school grounds by a student, whether or not a permit has been obtained,
may be searched when there is reasonable cause to believe that the items
described immediately above may be located within the vehicle.
d. Possessions and Outer Garments The school administration has the authority to inspect and search the possessions (e.g., purses, gym bags, in-
Student/Parent HandbookIII-5
strument cases) and outer garments (e.g., jackets, coats, shoes or boots)
of students when the school principal has reasonable cause to believe
that drugs, alcohol, weapons, illegal or dangerous materials, or stolen
goods are likely to be found. A search may be conducted if a school official has reasonable cause to believe that a violation of a school rule or
local, state, or federal law has taken place. No probable cause or warrant
is required before a search may be conducted. Any such search must be
conducted in private by the school principal or designee and witnessed
by a staff person. School authorities will make a reasonable effort to
contact the student’s parent or guardian to give the parents or guardians
a reasonable opportunity to be present during the search. Searches will
be limited to the examination of the contents of a student’s possessions
and outer garments, although a student may be requested to empty the
pockets of other garments he or she is wearing.
e. Search of a Student’s Person Should an administrator have reason to
believe that a student has drugs, alcohol, weapons, illegal or dangerous
materials, or stolen goods concealed on his/her person, the administrator may conduct a search of the student’s person. No such search may
be undertaken unless, in the administrator’s judgment, there is adequate
information based on direct observation by school personnel or reliable
information from third parties, that a student is likely to have prohibited
material on his/her person. Attempted parental contact is not required
prior to the inspection, by sight or smell, of the student’s breath or part of
the body normally open to public view, such as the student’s hand, arm,
or face. Prior to beginning a search of a student’s person, the student
must be told the nature of the information against him/her, and reasonable efforts will be made by school authorities to notify the student’s
parent or guardian by telephone and permit the parent or guardian the
opportunity to be present. The student, or the student’s parent or guardian if present or reached by phone, will be asked for consent, the nature
of the search will be specified, and the rights of the student and the possible consequences faced by the student will be explained. If consent is
refused, the search procedure will be immediately halted, and the matter
turned over to the police.
f. Administrative Searches In situations of elevated concern for student
safety or acts of vandalism, such as at dances or during the last few days
of school, the administration may engage searches of all or randomly
selected vehicles entering school grounds or of the possessions of students
entering the school. Advanced notice that the District will conduct this
type of search shall be given. The search will not be more intrusive than
reasonably necessary to meet the objectives of the search. Before search
of a vehicle or possessions, the student or driver may deny the search but
will then be denied entrance.
g. Emergency Exception For all types of searches described above, when
an administrator has reasonable cause to believe, on the basis of information from direct observations by school personnel or others, that a
student possesses any weapon or dangerous material which poses an imminent threat to life or property, he/she may authorize an immediate
search of the student’s person or possessions. In such a case, the student’s
parent or guardian will be notified by telephone of the search as soon as
possible. No physical force may be applied during any search of the student unless there is an immediate threat of imminent danger to persons
or property.
h. Seizure and Surrender of Items Found Unlawful, prohibited, or stolen
items found during the search may be turned over to the police or used
in school disciplinary proceedings. School authorities may temporarily
seize items that disrupt or interfere with the educational process. Items
seized that are not kept for disciplinary proceedings or retained by the
police shall, upon request made within ten days, be returned to the parent or guardian.
C. Types of Sanctions/Disciplinary Actions
Note: Whether the corrective action for a student with disabilities who is
found to have violated the standard of behavior is discipline (including simple
discipline, short-term suspension, long-term suspension, or expulsion) or some
other consequence, must be determined in accordance with the provisions of Appendix A-1, rather than the procedures set forth below.
III-6
1. Simple Discipline:
Simple discipline is defined as any disciplinary action against a student
other than out-of-school suspension or expulsion.
a. No simple disciplinary action shall be taken in a way that prevents a
student from accomplishing specific academic grade, level, or graduation requirement. Simple disciplinary actions may include in-school
suspension (“ISS”), the denial of the privilege to participate in
school-sponsored extracurricular programs or activities, social events
and senior graduation ceremony. Prior to the imposition of simple
disciplinary action, the student will be given written or oral notice of
his or her misconduct. The student will then be given an opportunity
to present his or her side of what happened. This explanation and
opportunity to present facts may take place immediately after notice
of the charges is given to the student. .
b. W hen simple discipline results in the denial of the privilege to participate in school-sponsored extracurricular programs or activities,
social events and senior graduation ceremony, the school principal or
designee shall first try to let the student’s parent or guardian know by
telephone about the charges against the student and the proposed
discipline. In such cases, the decision of the school principal or designee will be provided in writing to the student and his or her parent
or guardian.
c. There is no right to a formal appeal of simple discipline, except that
the denial of participation in senior graduation ceremony may be appealed as set forth in Hearing and Appeal Procedures. Simple discipline may be combined with a suspension or expulsion. In such instances, the disciplinary actions are treated as separate and distinct
and the simple discipline may not be appealed, except for that discipline involving denial of participation in senior graduation ceremonies. This does not limit the right of a student to appeal a suspension
or expulsion that is imposed in addition to the simple discipline.
2. Short-Term Suspension: This is the denial of the right of school attendance either from a single class, more than one class, or any full schedule
of classes, and from all other activities, for a limited period of time not
to exceed five (5) school days.
a. Before a student is placed on short-term suspension, the student must
be given written or oral notice of the charges against him or her. If
the student denies the charges, the student will be given an explanation of the evidence the administrator has in sufficient detail to identify approximate time and place and the nature of the charges. The
student will then be given an opportunity to present his or her side of
what happened. This explanation and opportunity to present facts
may occur immediately after notice of the charges is given to the
student.
b. Notice to Parent/Guardian: The school administrator shall do the
following:
(1) Try to let the student’s parent or guardian know about the proposed suspension by telephone and in writing; and
(2) Unless the student is placed on Emergency Suspension, provide
written or oral notice of the suspension decision before the suspension is to begin.
c. A short-term suspension will be enforced immediately, and the student shall remain away from school or the designated class or classes
and all school activities. However, if within five (5) school days of
receipt of the notice described above, the student and/or the student’s
parent/guardian requests a hearing, in writing, the suspension will be
delayed and the student shall be allowed back in school, but not extracurricular activities, until an informal hearing, unless the student
has been placed on Emergency Suspension. An informal hearing
shall be held as soon as possible after the receipt of the written request. Failure to submit a written request for a hearing within five (5)
days of the notification of the discipline shall constitute a waiver of
any right to such a hearing. Students with identified disabilities are
also entitled to return to school until this hearing
d. A student on short-term suspension is encouraged to contact his or
SECTION III: Rights and Responsibilities
her teachers regarding daily class reading and assignments. A student
will be allowed to complete, for credit, class work and assignments
missed during the short-term suspension.
3. L ong-Term Suspension or Alternative Placement: This is the denial
of the right of attendance from any single class, more than one class, or
any full schedule of classes for a stated period of time greater than five
(5) school days.
a. The following limitations shall apply to all long-term suspensions:
(1) No student shall be suspended from an elementary school for
more than forty-five 45) consecutive school days.
(2) No student shall be suspended from a secondary school for more
than ninety (90) consecutive school days.
(3) A student on long-term suspension is encouraged to contact his
or her teachers or counselor regarding daily class reading and
assignments. However, a student on long-term suspension is not
granted credit for work that is handed in or completed during
class.
b. Notice to Parent/Guardian: When the school administrator, the Superintendent, or their designee, imposes long-term suspension, a
written notice shall be delivered by mail or in person to the student
and his or her parent or guardian. An attempt to notify the student’s
parent or guardian by telephone will also be made. This notice shall
include the following information:
(1) The specific charges against the student, in sufficient detail to
identify the approximate time and place and the nature of the
charges;
(2) The student’s right to a hearing; and
(3) The imposed sanctions.
c. A long-term suspension will be enforced immediately, and the student
shall remain away from schools and all school activities. However, if
within five (5) school days of receipt of the notice described above, the
student and/or the student’s parent/guardian requests a hearing in
writing, the student may return to school, but not extracurricular activities, and the remainder of the suspension will be delayed until the
hearing unless the student has been placed on Emergency Suspension
as described below. Any hearing requested shall be held as promptly as
possible under the procedures set forth in the Hearing and Appeal
Procedures section. If a request for hearing is not received within the
five (5) day period, the student and his or her parent/guardian shall
have waived his or her right to a hearing and will, therefore, not be
entitled to a hearing.
Note: A student on long-term suspension is allowed to complete, for credit,
class work and assignments missed during the first five (5) days of suspension.
d. A n alternative placement will be enforced immediately, and the student shall remain away from all schools and all school activities except for attendance at the alternative learning center. However, if
within five (5) school days of the notice described above, the student
and/or the student’s parent/guardian requests a hearing in writing,
the student may return to school, but not extra-curricular activities,
and the alternative placement will be delayed until the hearing unless
the student has been placed on Emergency Suspension as described
below. Any hearing requested shall be held as promptly as possible
under the procedures set forth in the Hearing and Appeal Procedures section. If a request for a hearing is not received within the five
(5) day period, the student and his or her parent/guardian shall have
waived his or her right to a hearing and will, therefore, not be entitled to a hearing.
4. E xpulsion: This is the denial of the right to attend school for an indefinite period of time or for a period of time greater than a long-term
suspension. The instructional division Executive Director or designee
will provide the student’s parent or guardian information concerning
educational alternatives and options available.
a. Notice to Parent/Guardian: When the school administrator, or the
Superintendent, recommends expulsion, a written notice shall be delivered by mail or in person to the student and his or her parent/
guardian. An attempt to notify the student’s parent or guardian by
telephone will also be made. The written notice shall include the following information:
(1) The specific charges against the student, in sufficient detail to
identify the approximate time and place and the nature of the
charges;
(2) The student’s right to a hearing; and
(3) The recommended disciplinary actions.
b. A student recommended for expulsion shall remain away from
schools and all school activities. However, if within five (5) school
days of receipt of the notice described above, the student and/or the
student’s parent/guardian requests a hearing in writing, the student
may return to school, but not extra-curricular activities, until the
hearing unless the student has been placed on Emergency Suspension as described below. Any hearing requested shall be held as
promptly as possible under the procedures set forth in the Hearing
and Appeal Procedures section. If a request for hearing is not received within the five (5) day period, the student and his or her parent/guardian shall have waived his or her right to a hearing and will,
therefore, not be entitled to a hearing.
c. Students expelled from other school districts, as well as from the Anchorage School District, may apply for admission or readmission to
the Anchorage School District by written application to the Anchorage School Board.
(1) Students must apply in writing and must document that they
have met the conditions for return required by the Anchorage
School District.
(2) Additional conditions and requirements for admission may be
required at the discretion of the Superintendent, his designee, or
the School Board before the School Board considers whether or
not a student will be admitted.
(3) Upon admission to school, conditions related to placement and
attendance will be prepared in writing. Continued permission to
attend school will depend on the student obeying these written
conditions.
5. Emergency Suspension: Immediate removal of a student from school
attendance without return until any hearing or appeal.
a. A school may impose an emergency suspension if, in the judgment of
the principal, the student poses an immediate and continuing danger
or a threat of disruption to the educational process. In the event of an
emergency suspension, the student is not permitted to attend school
for the duration of the suspension, regardless of the appeal status.
6. E xclusion from School Property and Activities
Students serving out-of-school suspension , alternative placement,
or expulsion may not be on school property and may not take part
in school activities on or off school property. Exceptions to this rule
may be granted in writing for specific activities at the discretion of the
school principal or assistant principal, subject to any reasonable restrictions imposed by the principal or assistant principal.
7. Programs for Students on Long-Term Suspension or Expelled Students
The School Board may offer programs to provide educational instruction and other services to students who have engaged in conduct that
has resulted in long-term suspension or expulsion. These continuation
programs shall be as broadly available as possible consistent with safety
and budgetary considerations. (Section Approved 6/25/01)
D. Hearing and Appeal Procedures
Note: Students with disabilities may utilize IDEA or 504 procedures in
addition to the hearing and appeal process described below. For more information about the rights of students with disabilities, please see Appendix
A-1 which includes a form to utilize for requesting a special education/504
hearing and Notice of Procedural Safeguards or 504 rights. Further, if a
student with a disability pursues an IDEA or 504 hearing to dispute a
manifestation determination review, discipline cannot be imposed until
that hearing and any subsequent appeal takes place.
1. Informal Hearings for Short Term Suspension
Student/Parent HandbookIII-7
a. A fter notification of the short-term suspension, the student or his or
her parent or guardian may request an informal hearing. The request
shall be in writing. The submission of a written request for a hearing
shall delay further imposition of any remaining portion of the suspension, until the informal hearing. However, a student will not be allowed to return to school or be allowed to participate in school-related
activities until a hearing if the student has been placed on Emergency
Suspension. Failure to submit a written request for a hearing within
five (5) days of the notification of the short-term suspension shall constitute a waiver of any right to a hearing, and the student will, therefore, not be entitled to a hearing.
b. The hearing shall be held as soon as possible after receipt of the written request and the hearing shall be held before an individual or
disciplinary committee other than the individual who imposed the
suspension.
c. No persons other than the student, the parents or guardians, and the
individual who imposed the suspension may appear at the hearing
unless the individual designated to hold the hearing, in his or her sole
discretion and considering issues of confidentiality, allows other persons to be present as requested by the student or administration. In
addition, the individual holding the hearing may allow those with
knowledge of facts relevant to the suspension/simple discipline to attend the hearing to describe their knowledge of the facts.
d. The decision of the designated individual will be announced in writing within two (2) school days after the hearing ends and shall be
final. There is no right of further appeal.
2. Formal Hearings for Long-Term Suspension, Alternative Placement, or Expulsion and Simple Discipline Prohibiting Attendance
at School-Sponsored Extracurricular Programs or Activities, Social Events, or a Student’s Senior Graduation Ceremony
a. Imposition of discipline before a hearing and appeal takes place: If a
student or the student’s parent or guardian requests a hearing in writing within five (5) school days, the suspension or expulsion shall be
delayed until the hearing and the student may return to school.
However, the long-term suspension or expulsion shall not be delayed
until a hearing if the student has been placed on Emergency Suspension. In such instances, the student shall not be permitted to return
to school or to related school activities, until the hearing and appeal
process.
b. The Hearing Officer: A hearing officer shall be appointed by the Superintendent or designee to conduct a hearing under this section and
to make a recommendation to the Superintendent or designee. The
Hearing Officer shall consider the evidence presented and make a
recommendation to uphold, reverse, or modify the suspension or expulsion.
c. The following procedural guidelines shall govern the hearing:
(1) The parent or guardian and student may be present at the hearing
and the student may be represented by legal counsel or other
advocate.
(2) Two (2) school or work days prior to the hearing, the District
will provide to the student all documentary evidence upon which
it intends to rely.
(3) Both student and the District shall have the opportunity to present their versions of the relevant facts, submit the evidence upon
which they rely, and present witnesses. The student shall be allowed to observe all evidence offered against him or her. Both
parties may rely upon written statements by witnesses. The District shall not be required to reveal the names of witnesses when
doing so would subject the witness to the risk of retaliation or
harm. Consistent with federal and state law, the District shall
not disclose the contents of another student’s records where such
disclosure has not been authorized by the student’s parent or
guardian, or by the student if he or she is at least 18 years old.
(4) The hearing will not be conducted according to technical court
III-8
rules relating to evidence and witnesses. All relevant, not unnecessarily repetitious, evidence shall be accepted.
(5) A ll witnesses presenting testimony before the hearing officer
shall be sworn to testify truthfully.
(6) The hearing officer shall make his/her recommendation solely
upon the evidence presented at the hearing.
(7) A tape-recorded record shall be made of the hearing by the District.
(8) Within three (3) school days after completion of the hearing, the
hearing officer shall provide a written recommendation to the
Superintendent or designee to uphold, modify, or reject the longterm suspension or expulsion. The Superintendent or designee
shall then make his/her determination and shall provide the student and parent/guardian with a written decision, which shall
include a copy of the hearing officer’s findings and recommendation, within five (5) school days after completion of the hearing.
(9) If the Superintendent or designee upholds or modifies a longterm suspension, expulsion, or simple discipline prohibiting attendance at school-sponsored extracurricular programs or activities, social events, or a student’s senior graduation ceremony, so
that suspension or discipline time remains, the suspension or
discipline will be enforced immediately upon receipt by the student and parent/guardian of the Hearing Officer’s decision.
However, unless the student has been placed on Emergency Suspension, the student shall be entitled to return to school if the
student or his or her parent/guardian appeal the decision under
the procedures set forth in this section.
d. The student and his or her parent or guardian shall have five (5)
school days after receipt of the written decision to appeal the decision
to the School Board.
(1) The request for appeal must be in writing.
(2) The letter must describe the reasons for appealing directly to the
Board.
(3) The reason for appeal must be either a substantial and significant
misunderstanding of the facts or that the student was not given
due process as specified in this document.
e. The following procedural guidelines shall govern an appeal to the
School Board:
(1) The board or its designee will schedule and hold a meeting to
review the matter as promptly as possible after the receipt of such
an appeal. The Board shall notify the student and his or her parent or guardian at least three (3) school days prior to the scheduled meeting.
(2) At the meeting, the student, his or her parent or guardian or
spokesperson shall have the right to present oral and/or written
argument. Consideration by the Board will be restricted to evidence in the record submitted during the hearing, although the
Board may also consider, in its sole discretion, any new evidence
submitted by the student not available at the time of the hearing.
(3) The Board, in deciding the appeal, shall consider:
a) Whether the decision was arbitrary or capricious;
b) Whether the decision was supported by substantial evidence
in the record; and
c) W hether the disciplinary action was fair and reasonable in
light of all circumstances.
(4) The Board, or its designee, shall issue a written decision within
five (5) school days after the meeting. The Board may uphold,
reverse, or modify the disciplinary action or recommendation.
The student and his/her parent/guardian shall be provided a
written copy of the decision, which shall be final and binding.
(5) The Board may also Postpone Imposition of Discipline subject to
the student fulfilling stated conditions. Where the student meets
the required conditions, the suspension or expulsion will not be
imposed. If the student does not meet the required conditions,
the Superintendent will impose the postponed discipline with-
SECTION III: Rights and Responsibilities
out further hearing. It is Board policy to use this option rarely
and only where special circumstances exist to justify postponement.
f. Application for re-admission: In no circumstances shall either a
long-term suspension or expulsion prevent a student from submitting an application for re-admission prior to the termination of the
sanction. Applications for re-admission shall be submitted to the
Superintendent. (Section Revised 6/25/01)
(Statement of Rights And Responsibilities Revised 6/14/99) (Statement of
Rights And Responsibilities Revised 6/25/01)
E. Freedom of and Responsibilities Relating to Speech and
Assembly
1. Students are entitled to express their personal opinions in a manner that
does not interfere with the freedom of others or violate these policies
or school rules that are consistent with these policies. Obscenity and
defamation are prohibited.
2. Students have the freedom to assemble peacefully. There is an appropriate time and place for such assemblies. Meetings of school-sponsored
organizations or student clubs on school property shall be conducted
at times and places approved by the principal or designee. Conducting
demonstrations or meetings that interfere with the educational process
or the lawful activities of others is prohibited.
a. Freedom of Symbolic Expression
(1) Student dress code: It is the goal of the District to ensure that
every student has a safe environment in which to learn. Each
student shall attend school clothed in a manner that is clean, not
hazardous to the safety of him or herself or others, and that does
not detract from or disrupt the educational environment. Clothing worn by students that in the reasonable opinion of the
school administration is inappropriate is forbidden. Such clothing includes but is not limited to the following:
• Clothing that promotes gang affiliations;
• Clothing that promotes violence, discrimination or racism, or
the use of tobacco, drugs, alcohol or weapons;
• Clothing that is revealing or has comments or designs that are
obscene, lewd, or vulgar;
• Clothing that presents a hazard to the student’s safety or the
safety of others;
• Clothing that causes distractions or inhibits the learning process.
An individual school may list in its student handbook other
school rules for clothing consistent with this policy. Students
who do not follow the rules will be excluded from school until
such time that they cease wearing the clothing or items to school
or school events.
(2) Buttons and armbands: Students may wear or display buttons,
armbands, flags, decals and other badges of symbolic expression, unless the manner of expression materially or substantially
interferes with the orderly process of the school or the rights of
others. Items that are associated with gangs are deemed in and
of themselves to substantially interfere with the orderly process
of the school.
(3) Patriotic assembly: A student may choose not to participate in
the pledge or salute if he/she desires. A student who chooses not
to participate must maintain a respectful silence and may not be
disruptive while others are reciting the pledge.
AS 11.81.900(b)(56)
3. Written Material and Electronic Media
These rules govern distribution of all written material and electronic
media. The school principal or designee shall be entitled to examine materials before they are distributed to determine whether these materials
would disrupt the orderly educational process or violate district policy.
a. Generally, the restrictions and regulations governing responsible
journalism, as defined by the American Society of Newspaper Edi-
tors (ASNE), should be applied to District student publication with
the clear understanding that school officials have the authority and
duty to provide for an ordered educational atmosphere free from
turmoil and distraction. Material that promotes gang activity is prohibited.
b. Students are entitled to express in writing their personal opinions
but are expected to exercise responsibility and good judgment. The
distribution of such material may not interfere with or disrupt the
educational process. A written expression of opinion must be signed
by its author except that editorials representing a newspaper position may be printed without signature if all members of the editorial board are identified elsewhere on the paper. (Note School Board
policy 490.13)
c. Students have the right to distribute leaflets, newspapers, and handbills at times and places as determined by the school principal or
designee. The students who edit, publish or distribute such leaflets,
newspapers, and handbills among their fellow students assume the
responsibility for the content of such publications. Non-school publications being distributed on school property may be seized by the
school principal or designee who has reasonable cause to believe that
such publications contain libelous or obscene material. Seized publications will be turned over to the parent/guardian upon request
unless the publication is defamatory, obscene, invades the rights of
others, or similar good cause.
Note: Copies of the ASNE Statement of Principles are available in the school
office and the school library.
d. Commercial solicitation not authorized by the Superintendent or
designee will not be allowed on school property at any time. This
includes the use of the school district’s computer network to solicit
sales or conduct business or to set up web pages to advertise a sale or
service. An exception to this rule will be the sale of non-schoolsponsored student newspapers published by students of the school
district. Non-school newspapers may be distributed only at times
and places as determined by the school principal or his/her designee.
e. Students have the right to do necessary research for articles, including public opinion polls, and shall have the responsibility not to
abuse that right. A poll must not interrupt class time unless authorized by the school principal or his/her designee.
F. Student Surveys
e District may conduct or administer surveys of students for the purTh
poses of study, the improvement of education, or class assignment. No
student may be required to participate in a questionnaire or survey if the
student objects to participation.
Requirements for Parental Permission: In administering surveys or questionnaires in the schools, the District shall comply with state and federal
laws concerning parental permission.
Annual permission: Each year, the District may seek the permission of
each parent/guardian for their child to participate in anonymous questionnaires or surveys. The permission will be valid for the remainder of the
school year or until the parent/guardian who gave permission submits a
written withdrawal of permission to the school principal or designee.
(Section 14 – Revised 9/28/98)
(Section D – Revised 8/23/99)
Note: No survey or questionnaire, whether anonymous or not, that inquires
into personal or private family affairs of the student not a matter of public
record or subject to public observation may be administered, unless written
permission is obtained from the student’s parent or guardian (AS 14.03.110).
In addition, no student may be required, as part of any program administered
by the Secretary of Education, to submit to a survey, analysis, or evaluation
which inquires into the following areas unless prior written permission is obtained from the parent 20 USC 1232 (h):
1. political affiliations;
2. mental and psychological problems potentially embarrassing to the
student or the student’s family;
Student/Parent HandbookIII-9
3. sex behavior and attitudes;
4. illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating and demeaning behavior;
5. critical appraisals of other individuals with whom respondents have
close family relationships;
6. legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, such as
those of lawyers, physicians, and ministers;
7. religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or parents; or
8. income (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for
participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under
such a program).
Note: At least two weeks prior to the administration of a questionnaire or survey, whether anonymous or not, which requires parental permission as identified above, the school shall provide each student’s parent or legal guardian with
written notice explaining:
1. how and where the parent may preview the survey;
2. how the survey will be administered;
3. how the survey results will be used;
4. who will have access to the questionnaire or survey; and
5. for those surveys which are not anonymous, explain that written parental
permission is required before their child may participate in the particular survey, and include a permission form to be returned by the parents,
with instructions that the form must be returned at least two weeks before the survey is to be administered. The District will make available for
inspection to interested parents or guardians any instructional or other
supplementary materials that will be used in connection with any survey,
questionnaire, or evaluation. Information gathered in student surveys
may be disclosed to organizations conducting studies to develop, validate,
or administer predictive tests; administer student aid programs; or to
improve instruction. This information may be disclosed without parental
permission provided: 1) the study is conducted in a manner that does not
permit personal identification of parents and students to individuals
other than those conducting the study; and 2) the information is destroyed when no longer needed for purposes of the study.
APPENDIX A-1
Statement of rights and responsibilities for students with
identified disabilities
It is School Board Policy to comply with state and federal laws and regulations. This Appendix is prepared by the Administration at the request of the
Board to describe protections and procedures relating to students with disabilities under state and federal laws and regulations. These protections and
procedures under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
are described in the “Notice of Procedural Safeguards,” and under Section
504, in the “§504/ADA Administrative Procedures and Guidelines.” Both
of these documents can be obtained at any ASD school, from the ASD Special Education Department, or online at the ASD Web site:
1) www.asdk12.org/forms/uploads/Procedural_Safeguards.pdf
and, 2) www.asdk12.org.forms/uploads/504_ParentsRightsBooklet.pdf
Not later than the date on which the decision to take disciplinary action
is made by ASD, it must notify the student’s parents of that decision and
provide the parents with a copy of the Notice of Procedural Safeguards or
§504/ADA Administrative Procedures & Guidelines (as the case may be).
NOTE: This Statement of Rights and Responsibilities for Students with Disabilities is intended to merely summarize the protections and procedures provided
to students with disabilities under IDEA and Section 504 and not replace the
“Notice of Procedural Safeguards” or “§504/ADA Administrative Procedures &
Guidelines.” Accordingly, to be fully advised of the rights of a student with disabilities, parents must obtain (if ASD has not already provided a copy to them)
and carefully review the “Notice of Procedural Safeguards” or the “§504/ADA
Administrative Procedures & Guidelines” (if their child is under Section 504).
Students with disabilities
NOTE: Students with disabilities refers to both students with identified disabilities and students with suspected disabilities. A student with suspected disabilities may assert the rights and protections of a student with identified disabilities.
The circumstances under which a student will be deemed to be a student with
III-10
suspected disabilities and the additional rights and protections under state and
federal law provided to a student with disabilities are summarized below.
Students Identified as Having a Disability: A student may be identified
as a student with disabilities under either IDEA or Section 504. If a student
has an individualized education program (IEP), the student has been identified as a student with disabilities under IDEA, and therefore has rights
and protections provided by IDEA explained in the “Notice of Procedural
Safeguards.” If a student has a 504 plan, the student has been identified as
a student with disabilities under Section 504, and therefore has the rights
and protections provided by Section 504, explained in the Ҥ504/ADA Administrative Procedures & Guidelines.
Students Suspected of Having a Disability: A student who has not been
identified as a student with disabilities under IDEA who has engaged in behavior that violates the ASD’s Code of Student Conduct may assert any of
the rights and protections provided for under IDEA if ASD had knowledge
that the student was a student suspected of having a disability before the
behavior that precipitated the disciplinary action occurred.
The ASD shall be deemed to have knowledge that a student is a student
suspected of having a disability, before the behavior that precipitated the
disciplinary action occurred:
a. The parent of the student has expressed concern in writing to supervisory administrative personnel at ASD, or a teacher of the student, that
the student is in need of special education and related services;
b. The parent of the student has requested an evaluation of the student as
provided under IDEA; or,
c. The teacher of the student, or other personnel at ASD, expressed specific concerns about a pattern of behavior demonstrated by the student
directly to the Director of Special Education at ASD or to other ASD
supervisory personnel.
ASD shall not be deemed to have knowledge that the student is a student
suspected of having a disability if the parent of the student has not allowed
an evaluation of the student as provided under IDEA or has refused services
under IDEA or the student has been evaluated under IDEA and ASD determined that the student was not a student suspected of having a disability.
If ASD does not have knowledge that a student is a student suspected of
having a disability as described above prior to taking disciplinary measures
against the student, the student may be subjected to the same disciplinary
measures applied to students without disabilities who engaged in comparable behaviors consistent with the following limitations.
If a request is made for an evaluation of a student during the time period in
which the student is subjected to disciplinary measures, the evaluation shall
be conducted in an expedited manner. Until the evaluation is completed,
the student remains in the educational placement determined by ASD,
which can include suspension or expulsion without educational services. If
the student is determined to be a student with an identified disability, taking into consideration information from the evaluation conducted by ASD
and information provided by the parents, ASD shall provide special education and related services, except that, until the results of the evaluation,
the student shall remain in the educational placement determined by ASD.
Types of hearings
When the ASD has determined that a student with a disability has violated
the Code of Student Conduct, and the student’s placement is changed by
being suspended for more than ten (10) school days within a school year,
expelled or removed to an interim alternative educational setting for not
more than 45 school days, the student may request two (2) separate, but
related, hearings.
First, the student may request a hearing as provided in the Code of Student
Conduct, to dispute whether the student violated the Code of Student Conduct, and if so, whether the discipline recommended by the ASD administration is appropriate.
Second, when a student with disability’s placement is changed, the ASD is
required under IDEA and Section 504, within ten (10) days of the decision,
to hold a meeting with the parent and relevant members of the student’s
IEP team to determine whether the student’s conduct was a manifestation
of the student’s disability. This group is commonly referred to as a manifestation determination review (MDR) team. The determination is made
SECTION III: Rights and Responsibilities
by the MDR team after reviewing all relevant information, including that
provided by the student’s parents, and answering the questions:
a. Was the conduct in question caused by, or have a direct and substantial
relationship to, the student’s disability?; or
b. Was the conduct in question the direct result of the ASD’s failure to
implement the student’s IEP/504 plan (including any behavior intervention plan)?
If the MDR team determined that the answer to either of the above questions is yes, the student’s conduct must be determined to be a manifestation of the student’s disability. In such case, the student’s IEP/504 team
must address the status of the assessment of the student’s functional behaviors and behavior intervention plan, if any, and the student must be
returned to the student’s prior placement unless the parent and ASD agree
to a change in the student’s placement as part of a modification of the
student’s behavior intervention plan. However, the student may remain
removed to an interim alternative educational setting (1) for up to a total
of 45 school days for a violation of the Code of Student Conduct involving weapons, drugs, or serious bodily injury or (2) if the ASD obtains an
order from a hearing officer or court that maintaining the student’s current
placement is substantially likely to result in injury to the student or others.
On the other hand, if the MDR team determines that the conduct that
gave rise to the violation of the Code of Student Conduct was not a manifestation of the student’s disability, the disciplinary procedures applicable
to students without disabilities may be applied to the student with a disability in the same manner and for the same duration as the procedures
would be applied to students without disabilities, except the student must
continue to receive special education and related services under the student’s IEP/504 plan but in an alternative educational setting as determined
by the student’s IEP/504 team.
A student with a disability may request a second hearing under IDEA or
Section 504 (as the case may be) to dispute the determination of the MDR
team that the conduct that gave rise to the violation of the Code of Student
Conduct was not a manifestation of the student’s disability. If a student
with a disability requests this second hearing under IDEA or Section 504
to dispute a manifestation determination review, discipline cannot be imposed until this hearing and any subsequent appeal takes place.
Placement and services
ASD personnel may consider any unique circumstances on a case-by-case
basis when determining whether discipline resulting in a change in placement, consistent with IDEA, is appropriate for a student with a disability
who violates the Code of Student Conduct.
Out of school suspension(s) of a student with disabilities may be without
provision of any educational services for up to a cumulative total of ten (10)
school days per school year. If, however, the suspension is to be longer than
ten school days for a violation of the Code of Student Conduct involving
weapons, drugs or serious bodily injury, or based on an order by a hearing
officer or court that there is a substantial likelihood of injury to the student
or others, identification and commencement of appropriate interim alternative educational services should not be delayed.
When a change of educational placement occurs for a student with disabilities, various procedural safeguards are triggered under IDEA and Section
504. A change in educational placement occurs if a student is:
a. Suspended out of school eleven (11) or more days during any one school
year;
b. Removed from school for not more than 45 school days for a violation
of the Code of Student Conduct involving weapons, drugs, or serious
bodily injury; or
c. The ASD obtains an order from a hearing officer or court that maintaining the student’s current placement is substantially likely to result
in injury to the student or to others.
The procedural safeguards under IDEA and Section 504 which will be
triggered when a change of placement occurs in any of these ways are that
the parents will be provided a Notice of Procedural Safeguards or §504/
ADA Administrative Procedures & Guidelines (as the case may be), the
status of the assessment of the student’s functional behavior and behavior
intervention plan will be reviewed, an MDR team will be convened and
an IEP/504 team will be convened to make a determination regarding the
interim alternative educational services to be provided the student. The
interim alternative educational services provided must enable the student
to continue to participate in the general education curriculum (although
in another setting), to progress toward meeting the student’s IEP goals,
and receive, as appropriate, a functional behavioral assessment and behavioral intervention services and modifications, that are designed to address
the behavior violations so that it does not recur. These services need not
duplicate every aspect of the programs and services the student currently
receives.
Unless ASD has removed a student with disabilities for not more than 45
school days due to conduct involving weapons, drugs, or serious bodily
injury, if an MDR team determines that the student’s conduct was a manifestation of the student’s disability, the student must be returned to the
placement from which the student was removed unless the parent and the
ASD agree to a change of placement. On the other hand, where the MDR
team determines that the student’s conduct was not a manifestation of the
student’s disability, the student is removed by the ASD for not more than
45 school days for violations of the Code of Student Conduct involving
weapons, drugs, or serious bodily injury or the ASD has obtained an order
that maintaining the student’s current placement is substantially likely to
result in injury to the student or others, an IEP/504 team must determine
the interim alternative educational services to be provided to the student.
The parents of a student with a disability, in addition to requesting a hearing to dispute the determination of an MDR team that a student’s conduct was not a manifestation of the student’s disability, may also request a
hearing disputing the appropriateness of the IEP/504 team’s determination
regarding interim alternative educational services, the ASD’s removal of
the student for not more than 45 school days for violations of the Code
of Student Conduct involving weapons, drugs, serious bodily injury or
an order that the ASD has obtained from a hearing officer or court that
maintaining the student’s current placement is substantially likely to result
in injury to the student or others, or any decision regarding the student’s
placement. While the hearing appealing any of these actions is pending,
the student must remain in the interim alternative educational setting
pending the decision of the hearing officer or until the expiration of the
time the student was removed for violations of the Code of Student Conduct involving weapons, drugs, or serious bodily injury or other violations
of the Code of Student Conduct determined not to be a manifestation of
the student’s disability.
Hearings
Any hearing requested either by a parent or the ASD under IDEA is an
expedited hearing which shall occur within twenty (20) school days of the
date the hearing is requested and shall result in a determination of within
ten (10) school days after the hearing. A hearing officer shall hear and
make a determination regarding an appeal. In doing so, the hearing officer
may order a change in the placement of a student with a disability, including returning a student with a disability to the placement from which the
student was removed or order a change in placement of a student with a
disability to an appropriate interim alternative educational setting for not
more than 45 school days if the hearing officer determines that maintaining the current placement of the student is substantially likely to result in
injury to the student or to others.
Student/Parent HandbookIII-11
Creating a High Performing District
Mission
The Anchorage School Board’s Vision
To educate all students for success in life.
Vision
All students will graduate prepared for post-secondary educational and employment opportunities
Preamble
The Anchorage School Board is a municipal-wide elected body with governance responsibility for the Anchorage School District. As a governance
board, it is our responsibility to do the following: (1) set a clear direction
for the district; (2) empower and hold accountable the superintendent for
implementing our direction and managing district operations; (3) develop
and adopt policies and budgets that support and implement the board’s di-
rection; and (4) model the professionalism and degree of effort they expect
from students, families and staff.
The board expects a high-performing district that achieves exceptional
results. We believe a process of continuous improvement and reform for
results can be consistent over time, transcending board membership and
superintendents.
Core Values and Beliefs
POTENTIAL: Every student deserves the opportunity to achieve his or her potential
each child. Our district must provide opportunities including a highly efTo best serve all students, the board believes schools, families and the comfective educator in each classroom, differentiated instruction and high-permunity should provide every student the opportunity to reach his or her
forming neighborhood and alternative schools. We believe we must close
potential. We believe students learn differently, and as such, each classroom
the achievement gap while moving all students forward.
and/or school must teach the curriculum in a way that meets the needs of
HIGH EXPECTATIONS: The district will foster a culture of high expectations
To achieve high performance, the board believes the district must foster a
culture of high expectations for everyone: students, parents, educators, staff
and the board. High expectations require adopting an attitude that does
not make excuses for a child’s academic performance. High expectations
also require high performance standards for each employee, including an
expectation of collaboration.
ACCOUNTABILITY: The district will be open, transparent and accountable to the public
derstandable. Parents will always have access to what their child is learning
The board believes the district should be open, transparent, and accountand how they are progressing. The district will promote strong community
able to the public, ensuring a high-quality education while remaining fispartnerships and public involvement.
cally responsible. Our budget, policies, guidelines, curriculum and district
performance data will be easily accessible (unless protected by law)and unSAFETY: All schools and departments will be safe and supportive
The board believes all schools and departments will have safe and supportive environments by providing safe facilities, being intolerant of bullying
and discrimination, and ensuring respect for all. This belief also includes
promoting skills necessary to create positive relationships, and to handle
confrontational and challenging situations constructively and ethically.
RESPONSIVENESS: Public education should be responsive to an ever-changing world
Every graduate should be ready for his or her next step in life and be a proThe board believes the district must be responsive to the changing eduductive member of a democratic republic.
cational requirements of students for meeting the challenges of an everchanging world.
Board Commitments
Based on our core beliefs and values, the board is committed to the following:
• A collaborative and respectful governance relationship with the superintendent;
• A rigorous core curriculum of language arts, mathematics, science and
social studies;
• A well-rounded educational program that integrates career and technical education, arts and athletics;
• Instruction and early interventions that meet the needs of each student
and moves them forward at least one year’s academic growth annually;
• Effective public school choice options;
• Parents and the community as informed partners; and
• Cost-effective and efficient operations.
Operating Principles for Instruction
To implement our vision, the board set forth the following operating principles to guide the day-to-day operations of the district.
the mobility of our district: almost one-third of students do not end the year in
Educator Accountability
the school in which they start.
Teachers, principals and all educators will be held accountable for complying
with district policy and direction to meet the district’s mission, vision, core val‌Principal Priorities
ues and beliefs, strategic initiatives, tactics, goals and performance measures.
Principals will implement board policies and vision, focusing on three priorities: (1) a safe and secure environment, (2) serving as the instructional leader
Effective Communication
and ensuring quality education, and (3) serving as the liaison with the neighThe district will establish effective communications (including feedback loops)
borhood and school community.
with parents, students, educators and the community.
School Innovation
Evidence-Based Curriculum and Best-Practice Instruction
The district will encourage creativity, innovation and reform including allowThe district’s curricula will be research-based with the expectation of and
ing schools to request flexibility (e.g., waiver, pilot programs) so the school can
accountability for best practice with instruction.
best meet the needs of its students.
Instructional Differentiation
Technology Integration
As a best practice, the district will ensure instruction and early interventions to
meet the needs of each student, moving every child forward at least one year’s
The district will integrate technology into all classrooms and curricula to
academic growth annually.
provide each child the opportunity to fully engage in a
Managed Instruction
21st century learning environment.
The district will use a Managed Instruction System approach, which includes
consistent content, grade-level expectations, performance standards and curriculum across grade levels and schools. The main driver for this principle is
Important Activity Dates
2015-2016 ASAA CALENDAR OF EVENTS
(Adopted: 12-16-14 | Revised: TBA)
FALL ACTIVITIES
Class
NFHS
Weeks
First Practice &
Eligibility Deadline
First
Contest
Last
Contest
State Championship Dates & Locations
Football
Small | Medium
4.5-15
July 29
Aug. 14
Oct. 3
Oct. 9-10 & 16-17 @ Anchorage
Football
Large
4.5-16
July 29
Aug. 14
Oct. 3
Oct. 9-10 & 16-17 & 23-24 @ Anchorage
Football Sideline Cheer
All
4.5-16
July 29
Aug. 14
Oct. 24
None
Fall Competition Cheer
All
4.5-16
July 29
Aug. 14
Oct. 24
None
Cross Country Running
All
4.5-13
July 29
Aug. 14
Sept. 26
Oct. 3 @ Bartlett High School
Tennis
All
4.5-14
July 29
Aug. 14
Oct. 3
Oct. 9-10 @ Alaska Club East
Coed Soccer
Borealis
4.5-15
July 29
Aug. 14
Oct. 17
None
Flag Football
All
4.5-15
July 29
Aug. 14
Oct. 17
None
Gymnastics
All
5.5-18
Aug. 5
Aug. 21
Nov. 7
None
Swim/Dive
All
5.5-18
Aug. 5
Aug. 21
Oct. 31
Nov. 6-7 @ Bartlett High School
Volleyball
3A | 4A
5.5-19
Aug. 5
Aug. 21
Nov. 7
Nov. 12-13-14 @ Alaska Airlines Center
All
10.5-23
Sept. 9
Sept. 25
Dec. 12
None
Volleyball
2A | Mixed 6
11.5-22
Sept. 16
Oct. 2
Nov. 28
Dec. 3-4-5 @ Dimond High School
Wrestling
123A | 4A
13.5-24
Sept. 30
Oct. 16
Dec. 12
Dec. 18-19 @ Chugiak High School & TBD
All
13-34
Sept. 28
Oct. 9
Feb. 28
None
Class
NFHS
Weeks
First Practice &
Eligibility Deadline
First
Contest
Last
Contest
State Championship Dates & Locations
Rifle
Bowling
WINTER ACTIVITIES
Hockey
4A | Greatland
15.5-32
Oct. 14
Oct. 30
Feb. 6
Feb. 11-12-13 @ Curtis Menard - Wasilla
Girls Hockey
All
15.5-32
Oct. 14
Oct. 30
Feb. 13
None
Hockey Sideline Cheer
All
15.5-32
Oct. 14
Oct. 30
Feb. 13
None
Nordic Skiing
All
17.5-34
Oct. 28
Nov. 13
Feb. 20
Feb. 25-26-27 @ Kincaid Park
Basketball
1A
22.5-37
Dec. 2
Dec. 17
Mar. 12
Mar. 16-17-18-19 @ Anchorage
Basketball
2A
22.5-37
Dec. 2
Dec. 17
Mar. 12
Mar. 17-18-19 @ Anchorage
Basketball
3A | 4A
22.5-38
Dec. 2
Dec. 17
Mar. 12
Mar. 24-25-26 @ Anchorage
Basketball Sideline Cheer
All
22.5-38
Dec. 2
Dec. 17
Mar. 26
Mar. 23 @ TBD
Winter Competition Cheer
All
22.5-38
Dec. 2
Dec. 17
Mar. 26
Mar. 23 @ TBD
Class
NFHS
Weeks
First Practice &
Eligibility Deadline
First
Contest
Last
Contest
State Championship Dates & Locations
SPRING ACTIVITIES
Track & Field
Soccer
123A | 4A
35.5-47
Mar. 2
Mar. 18
May 21
May 27-28 @ Dimond High School
All
35.5-47
Mar. 2
Mar. 18
May 21
May 26-27-28 @ Eagle River HS & Anchorage
Baseball
All
35.5-48
Mar. 2
Mar. 18
May 28
June 2-3-4 @ Mulcahy Stadium - Anchorage
Softball
All
35.5-48
Mar. 2
Mar. 18
May 28
June 2-3-4 South Davis Complex - Fairbanks
Class
NFHS
Weeks
Eligibility Deadline
Last
Submission
State Championship Dates & Locations
ACADEMIC | FINE ARTS
Student Gov. Fall Conf.
All
N/A
TBD
N/A
TBD
All State Music Festival
All
20
Oct. 30
Sept. 23
Nov. 19-20-21 @ Chugiak HS & West Anc HS
Debate, Drama, Forensics
All
33
Feb. 11
World Language
All
34
Feb. 20
Student Gov. Spring Conf.
All
N/A
TBD
N/A
TBD
All State Art Festival
All
42
March 18
April 1
April 23
Solo & Ensemble Festival
All
44
April 24
April 18
May 5-6-7 @ UAA & East Anchorage HS
Feb. 18-19-20 @ East Anchorage HS
Feb. 27 @ East Anchorage HS
ASAA BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETINGS
ASAA STATEWIDE
SAT TESTING DATES
ASAA SPORTS MEDICINE
ASD Statement
of Non-Discrimination
Please re-confirm with school counselor
SCHEDULING MEETING
ADVISORY
COMMITTEE
• FallisMeeting
4-5
Anchorage
The Board
committed
to Oct.
an environment
of nondiscrimination
on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national
origin,
economic
2015: Oct. 3 / Oct. 31 / Dec. 5 MEETINGS
Early Winter Meeting Dec. 7-8
Jan.No
27, 2016
status, •union
affiliation, disability, andAnchorage
other human Wednesday,
differences.
person 2016:
shall Jan.
be excluded
from
participation
in,
or
denied
the
benefits
23 / Mar. 5 / Apr. 30 / Jun. 4
• Late Winter Meeting Feb. 15-16 Anchorage
• Sept. 30 - Oct. 1, 2015 of, any• academic
or extracurricular
or educational opportunity or service offered by the District. The District
will
comply
with
Spring Meeting
April 24-26program
TBD
• Jan. 20-21, 2016
the applicable statutes, regulations, and executive orders adopted by Federal, State and Municipal agencies.
Inquiries or complaints may be addressed to the District’s Equal Employment Opportunity Director, who also serves as the Title IX Coordinator, ASD Education Center, 5530 E. Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99504-3135 (907) 742-4132 or to any of the following
external agencies: Alaska State Commission for Human Rights, Anchorage Equal Rights Commission, Director of the Office for Civil
Rights, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services.
Anchorage School District
2015–16
S
M
T
W
T
F
2
9
16
3
10
17
4
11
18
23
30
24
31
25
5
12
6
13
7
14
July
1
8
15
19
26
20
27
21
28
22
29
S
August
2
9
16
23
30
6
13
20
27
3
10
17
24
31
7
14
21
28
4
11
18
25
(
5
12
19
K-1
6
13
20
27
September
1
2
3
8
9
10
15
16
17
22
23
24
29
30
7
14
21
28
1
8
15
22
29
Sch ool
AUGUST
13 Teachers’ first day
14 17 18 State released professional
development days**
19 Classes begin
K-1 26 Classes begin for K-1
SEPTEMBER
7 Labor Day holiday
OCTOBER
16 End of first quarter.
State released grade reporting day.**
21 22 Parent conference days. School schedules
and student-release times vary. Check with
your school for specific schedule.
23 State released professional development
day.**
NOVEMBER
26-27 Thanksgiving holiday
4
11
18
25
5
12
19
26
DECEMBER
18 End of second quarter.
State released grade reporting day.**
21-31 Winter break
JANUARY
1 Winter break (continued)
18 Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday - no school
October
7
14
21
28
1
8
15
22
29
4
5
11 12
18 ( 19
25 26
6
13
20
27
1
8
15
22
2
9
16
23
November
3
4
5
10
11
12
17
18
19
24
25
26
29
30
6
13
7
14
December
1
2
3
8
9
10
15
16
17
20
27
21
28
22
29
* subject to change
23
30
24
31
Year
2
3
9 10
16 ) 17
23 24
30 31
6
13
20
27
7
14
21
28
FEBRUARY
15 Presidents Day - no school
17 18 Parent conference days. School schedules
and student-release times vary. Check with
your school for specific schedule.
19 State released professional development
day.**
MARCH
11 End of third quarter.
State released grade reporting day.**
14-18 Spring Break
3/29-5/3 AMP (Alaska Measures of Progress)
state testing window
MAY
19 Classes end.
End of fourth quarter.
20 Teachers’ last day.
30 Memorial Day
4
5
11 12
18 ) 19
25
26
(
) Beginning, end of quarter
** students do not attend school
Calen dar *
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
January
3
(4
10 11
5
12
6
13
7
14
1
8
15
2
9
16
17
24
31
18
25
19
26
20
27
21
28
22
29
23
30
1
8
15
22
29
2
9
16
23
February
3
4
10
11
17
18
24
25
5
12
19
26
6
13
20
27
7
14
21
28
6
7
13 14
20 ( 21
27 28
1
8
15
22
29
March
2
3
9
10
16
17
23
24
30
31
4
5
11 ) 12
18 19
25 26
April
3
10
17
24
4
11
18
25
5
12
19
26
6
13
20
27
7
14
21
28
1
8
15
22
29
2
9
16
23
30
May
1
8
15
2
9
16
3
10
17
4
11
18
5
6
12 13
19 ) 20
7
14
21
22
29
23
30
24
31
25
26
28
June
1
27
2
3
4
5
12
19
6
13
20
7
14
21
8
15
22
9
16
23
10
17
24
11
18
25
26
27
28
29
30
6-18-15
Was this manual useful for you? yes no
Thank you for your participation!

* Your assessment is very important for improving the work of artificial intelligence, which forms the content of this project

Download PDF

advertisement